What are the laws behind our favourite game?

  • 08 Dec 08
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Online bingo lawsIf you've ever wondered why most of the big online bingo sites operate outside this country and what laws are in place to protect UK players of online bingo in light of this, then sit back and let us put your mind at rest.

The main reason why most sites are registered outside of the UK while still catering for uk bingo players is that cash bingo falls under the 1968 Gaming Act, which states that it can 'only take part on licensed and registered premises'. Since the nature of the beast means a licensed and registered premises is unnecessary, bingo sites choose to set up elsewhere and run their business from there.

Of course, having a gaming business outside of the UK can be beneficial to the operator in terms of taxes, but rest assured wherever your site is based it will be subject to regular audits and checks on your behalf. Trustworthy sites will always demonstrate affiliation with GamCare or Gamble Aware at the bottom of the home page and the most player- aware sites are also ICRA approved.

Never sign up to a site that does not demonstrate any accreditation from these agencies, as they aim to keep players safe at all times. If you come across a new site based abroad that does not have these agencies displayed on their front page, email their customer service team before you commit any details to their database.

Any viable bingo site will get back to you within 48 hours no matter what your query. If you do not hear back from them within this time, do not register and inform Gamble Aware of your concerns.

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