Betting in the UK is regulated by the local authorities and the larger Gambling Commission. Their role is to make sure that gambling companies do not overstep their mandates. That vulnerable people, such as children are not targeted in gambling campaigns. Even though the laws are lax compared to other countries that have a total ban on gambling, the UK has some laid down rules and regulations.
The Rules and Regulations
- Gambling companies must be registered and licensed before they begin their operations. This applies to both physical and online betting companies.
- The legal age for one to engage in betting is 18. It is, in fact, a criminal offence for anyone under the age of 18 to be betting. The rules apply to gaming centres, online casinos, bingo, and racetracks. There are, however, exceptions such as in football pools and lotteries that are allowed from age 16. There are family entertainment centres where there are teddy grabbers and coin pushers that younger people can play, but this should be with the supervision of adults.
- There is a UK code for responsible advertising that applies to betting companies in the UK. Basically, they are not supposed to glorify betting, and they are supposed to champion responsible gambling to reduce the chances of gambling addiction.
- The regulating body listens to complaints that bettors might have about a licensed betting site. They are, however, not mandated to sort disputes between bettors and sites that are not registered and licensed. That is why it is always advisable to only play with licensed companies.
- Individual betting sites reserve the right to admit or ban individual players. To prevent any dispute that may arise, users are advised to go through the terms and conditions sections of the betting site they plan to engage with before they register.