UK bans gambling firms from allowing customers to bet via credit cards

 

As a result of a major shake-up of rules, as of April 14, customers will only be able to place bets by using their debit cards or through cash deposits rather than using credit cards. This ban is intended to provide enhanced protection to vulnerable people who are classified as problem gamblers.

Regulators are of the opinion that credit card gambling might lead to financial harm. Essentially, by minimizing credit card availability, the risk of harm and excessive debt would be reduced. This ban helps ‘consumers to only gamble with money they can afford to spend.’

Action has been taken to introduce such bans on the use of credit cards for online bets over the past two years. Data shows that an estimate of £46 million worth of credit card deposits was made in February 2019.

Measures have been taken in the past year to constrain the qualifications for betting in order afford more protection. These measures include amongst others tighter age and identity checks for online gambling, cutting the maximum on fixed odds betting and expanding national specialist support.

In order to provide additional support for gambling addicts, the UK will launch a nationwide addiction strategy in 2020. In this regard, the Football Association will not renew anymore the deal that allows gambling websites to screen live football matches. Additionally, schemes which reward gamblers who habitually lose money will be shut down by the Gambling Commission.

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Sara Leka

Sara joined E&S Group in 2018 as a legal associate within the Legal Department. She completed her Bachelor Degree at the University of Tirana, Faculty of Law in Albania and furthered her studies by completing a Master of Science in Civil Law at the University of Tirana. She is certified as a lawyer by the National Chamber of Advocacy of Albania. Prior to joining E&S Group, she has been working as a legal associate for two years with international companies. Her main areas of practice are fintech-related matters, corporate and commercial law and intellectual property matters.

Sara is fluent in English, Albanian and has a basic knowledge of Italian.

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