Bingo Legistlation in the United Kingdom

Most people are aware of how popular the game of bingo is in the United Kingdom. It is said that there are over 4 million people who play it regularly both online and offline. Some people may perceive the online world to be too unsafe and think there are too many risks involved with signing up to these sites and moving their money there, but if you sign up to a UK based hall you have nothing to be worried about. United Kingdom’s bingo halls are regulated by the Gambling Commission that states that the game has no real legal definition to the rules and the way of gameplay but the games are typically alike. 1

Online bingo in the United Kingdom must follow the exact same regulations that non-remote bingo does. The owners of bingo halls have to comply to the rules that the Commission has set. There are 4 key rules that must be followed. The first one comes from the Gambling Act that dates to the year 2005. All regulations and rules under this act must be followed. There is another entity that exists – the LCCP(The Licence conditions and codes of practice) that has its own rules that the owners must follow as well. On top of that there are ruler about technical standards that must be put into use.

It is up to the Gambling Commission to make sure that all the regulations are followed and enforced in all ways. They check the halls in several ways. They pay regular visits and make reviews at specific time intervals. There is also the guidance and advice they provide to the owners of licenses to help them understand how they can comply to the rules. The Commission is able to take plenty of action to get the owners of bingo halls to be compliant.

Gamble Aware (www.responsiblegambling.org) is managed by the Responsibility in Gambling Trust, an independent charity which funds treatment, research and education about responsible gambling. The website has been developed by a Task Force made up of representatives from the Gambling Commission, DCMS, academia and industry.

Gary Beal