For all British gamblers out there, a stricter set of UK gambling regulations is on its way. Basically, they would be facing stricter age and ID checks starting May 2019 before they can be given permission to place bets. Here’s everything about it in a nutshell.
Sterner Regulations on Gambling
Gamblers and/or casino lovers in the UK will face a new change in gambling. It is being heavily considered as part of the overall local regulators’ plan of bringing a countrywide self-exclusion scheme. The latter, in particular, is reportedly designed for online players.
According to the UK Gambling Commission or UKGC, it is hell-bent at implementing a tougher check on age and identity information. Before players can start placing bets on any gambling site, they will have to provide their personal info first. This includes, but not limited to, name, address, email address, and date of birth.
Interestingly, the move from the executive non-departmental public body of the country’s government is a measure designed to close all existing loopholes found in GAMSTOP. By essence, the latter refers to the countrywide self-exclusion scheme. And through it, all gambling operators are forced to ensure that players participating in the scheme are banned from gambling.
Apparently, there are a good number of anti-gambling campaigners suggesting that the implementation of a stricter ID system is apt. Even more so, they believe its arrival is necessary for an attempt to prevent gamblers from bypassing the aforementioned scheme. Basically, the loophole here is that gamblers can simply create a new account with a fake name or different version of their own name.
In addition to the above-mentioned, the newly-set regulations are also expected to pave the way for gambling operators to perform special checks of bets. And unlike in the past, these checks of bets will be made through credit and/or debit cards, ensuring that these cards are not being utilized problem gamblers. These are individuals who have either stolen or used these credit and/or debit cards without permission.
Protecting Gambling Addicts
At the end of the day, the UKGC just wants to protect all gambling addicts. In fact, it has already voiced out some of the many changes it is looking to implement in the near future. Hopefully, these changes would provide support to gambling companies to prevent all harm relating to gambling. Even more so, the body is looking forward to the possibility of dealing with any gambling-related criminal activity. This is simply due to the fact that these companies would soon obtain more information about their respective customers.
As of press time, the countrywide exclusion scheme GAMSTOP has witnessed around 60,000 gamblers who have decided to voluntarily ban themselves. This decision, in particular, will prevent them from involving themselves in any activity related to both gambling and betting.
For gambling companies to be able to retain their operating licenses in the UK, they will have to adhere to the said regulations. They will have to be conscious of block problem players; otherwise, their operation will cease to exist.
The decision is being considered right at the moment when a new House of Lords committee is said to be created. This committee will be in charge of performing further reviews and, at the same time, study the poor effect the infamous gambling regulation of the Labour Government (2005) brought to the entire industry. It turns out that the implementation of a more relaxed gambling regime resulted in a significant increase in gambling addiction rates. It also affected poor mental illness and suicide rates, bringing the number to sky-rocketing figures.
It is worth noting that the UK Gambling Commission is looking at the possibility of banning credit cards used in gambling. Although nothing has been set in stone yet, the regulatory body could come up with a final decision sooner than expected.