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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Which forms of gambling are legal in the UK?

    In the United Kingdom casinos, bookmakers, card-rooms and bingo-halls are licensed and regulated by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) and permitted to offer real money gambling games including bingo, casino games like slots, roulette, blackjack, keno and keno as well as poker and sports-betting.

  • Is Online gambling legal in the UK?

    Yes - gamblers can choose from a multitude of regulated and safe online gambling sites including poker rooms, casinos and bookmakers.

  • How many people gamble in the UK?

    Approximately 15 million people gamble on products licensed under the Gambling Act 2005 in Great Britain - approximately the same number of people that visit a museum at least once a year.
    Since Covid-19 restrictions were lifted in 2021, the overall percentage of the adult population who gamble remains lower than it was pre Covid-19 (28 %). Online gambling participation rate in September 2022 has not yet reached the level of in person participation before the pandemic, which was 24.4 percent in 2019.

  • Do gamblers need to pay taxes on winnings in the United Kingdom?

    No. When gamblers play and win at licensed UK gambling sites, all the gambling tax has already been paid by the operator - and all winnings are 100% tax-free for the consumer.