The Gambling Commission was set up under the Gambling Act 2005 to regulate commercial gambling in Great Britain in partnership with licensing authorities.

Who is the UK Gambling Commission?

The Gambling Commission is essential a non-departmental public body (i.e. not a government department, they sit outside the civil service structure) that regulates and manages gambling operators and advertisers in the UK.

For UK gamblers, they are basically a good thing…because they ensure a level of compliance with security, financial, fairness and legal issues that relate to the operation of casinos, bookmakers and other gambling opportunities that many countries simply do not have. UK gamblers are among the best protested in the world.

Of course this doesn’t make them any more or less lucky, it just makes you less likely to get ripped off!

Since 1 November 2014 the Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Act 2014 came into force. This means that any operator wishing to attract British players has to gain an operating licence from the Gambling Commission. They are also liable to an additional tax which means operating in Britian has a higher cost than some other countries. What this means in practice is that a lot of the bad places to play have been put off operating in Britain!

Find out if an online casino is UK licensed

Perhaps one of the best services the UK Gambling Commission offer is the ability to check the status of any casino’s licensing online! Look for their license number on the homepage of their website, or enter the casino brand name in the form at the link below:

Search for operating licensees at the UK Gambling Commission website