Rules around Bingo in the United Kingdom

Bingo is an incredibly popular game in the United Kingdom with around 4 million people who engage in it regularly both online and offline. Some folks think that online bingo is too unsafe to play and that there are far too many risks involved with signin up to the sites and moving money on them, but should you sign up to a UK based hall you’ll quickly learn that you have nothing to be concerned about. Bingo Halls both online and offline are regulated by the Gambling Commission and they state that the game has no proper legal definition to the rules and the way the game is played and that the games are generally alike. This article explains the rules around bingo in the United Kingdom.

bingo in the United KingdomOnline bingo in the UK has to follow the same regulations that offline bingo does. The owners of the halls must comply to all rules the Commission has set for them. There are 4 major rules to be followed. The first one originates from the Gambling Act dating back to 2005. All rules and regulations under the act must be followed or else sites don’t get to operate. There is an additional entity – the LCCP (The License Conditions and Codes of Practice) that has a set of rules that the owners must also follow. On top of all of this there are the rules about technical standards.

The Gambling Commission is responsible for ensuring that the rules and regulations are followed and enforced. They have various ways of checking that the halls comply. They pay them regular visits and make reviews at specific time intervals. They also provide guidance and advice to owners as to how to understand and comply to the many rules. If the owners of bingo halls aren’t compliant they can be subject to appropriate action taken by the Commission.

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