Page updated on: 16.11.2019

UK Gambling Commission  

The UK Gambling Commission is the regulatory body for gambling in the United Kingdom, which was initially set up under the Gambling Act of 2005. The authority regulates all commercial gambling activities in Great Britain, including the National Lottery. Since 2014, all operators that provide gambling services to UK players must acquire a licence from the regulator.

The UKGC ↱ is one of the strictest casino and gambling regulators in the world, and they put a strong emphasis on player protection. This includes transparency for bonus offers and attached terms, self exclusion programs, recognising compulsive or problematic gambling, and other measures aimed to safeguard players. The objectives of the gambling commission are to prevent crime, including fraud or money-laundering, fair and transparent gaming, and protection of children and other vulnerable people.

Casinos licensed by the UK Gambling Commission

This table provides an overview of online casinos with a UK Gambling Commission licence. You can find a review for each operator, and take a look at what the casino has to offer. Our reviews cover for example payments, fees, games, bonuses and terms.

Name Highlights Rating Links
Casino Planet ✓ Pay N Play for players from Finland
✓ Established operator with good reputation
✓ Live-Casino promotions available
✓ 1300 games on desktop and 800 on mobile
✓ Game Types: Casino, Live Casino
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Casoola ✓ Bank ID for players from Finland
✓ Withdrawals are processed within 24 hours
✓ Bonus wagering requirements are fair
✓ huge game selection
✓ 1300 games on desktop and 800 on mobile
✓ Game Types: Casino, Live Casino
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Fun Casino ✓ easy access and fully responsive website
✓ payments are processed fast and reliable
✓ many interesting games
✓ 700 games on desktop and 550 on mobile
✓ Game Types: Casino, Live Casino
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Genesis Casino ✓ Mobile Casino with responsive design
✓ Fair bonus wagering conditions
✓ 1300 games on desktop and 800 on mobile
✓ Game Types: Casino, Live Casino
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Kassu ✓ responsive website for mobile casino
✓ payments are processed fast and reliable
✓ bonus terms and wagering are fair
✓ 1300 games on desktop and 800 on mobile
✓ Game Types: Casino, Live Casino
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Queen Vegas ✓ 24/7 customer support
✓ payments are processed in a timely manner
✓ 1300 games on desktop and 800 on mobile
✓ Game Types: Casino, Live Casino
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Casino Joy ✓ bonuses come with fair wagering and other terms
✓ a varied game selection with many popular games
✓ reliable payment processing
✓ 1300 games on desktop and 800 on mobile
✓ Game Types: Casino, Live Casino
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Casino Casino ✓ website is mobile optimised
✓ payments are processed fast
✓ game selection features many interesting titles
✓ 700 games on desktop and 550 on mobile
✓ Game Types: Casino, Live Casino
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Guts ✓ Withdrawals are processed within a few hours
✓ Regular promotions with good Conditions
✓ Huge and varied game selection
✓ 1700 games on desktop and 1400 on mobile
✓ Game Types: Casino, Live Casino, Sportsbook, Poker
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Casino Gods ✓ Withdrawals are processed within 24 hours
✓ Promotions for live casino and slots available
✓ huge game selection
✓ 1300 games on desktop and 800 on mobile
✓ Game Types: Casino, Live Casino
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Vegas Hero ✓ Live Casino bonuses available
✓ Promotions have good conditions
✓ a large game selection
✓ 1300 games on desktop and 800 on mobile
✓ Game Types: Casino, Live Casino
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SlotsMillion ✓ Huge game selection
✓ Withdrawals are processed fast
✓ Regular bonuses and promotions
✓ 3700 games on desktop and 3300 on mobile
✓ Game Types: Casino, Live Casino
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Casino Cruise ✓ Withdrawals are processed within 24 hours
✓ Promotions for casino and live casino
✓ large and diverse game selection
✓ 1300 games on desktop and 800 on mobile
✓ Game Types: Casino, Live Casino
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Rizk ✓ Withdrawals are processed within a few hours
✓ Regular promotions
✓ Wheel of Rizk loyalty rewards
✓ 1700 games on desktop and 1400 on mobile
✓ Game Types: Casino, Live Casino, Sportsbook
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Mr Green ✓ Withdrawals are processed fast
✓ Many weekly promotions
✓ Outstanding game selection
✓ 1700 games on desktop and 1200 on mobile
✓ Game Types: Casino, Live Casino, Sportsbook
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Pelaa ✓ Pay N Play for players from Sweden & Finland
✓ fair bonus and wagering conditions
✓ interesting game selection
✓ 1300 games on desktop and 800 on mobile
✓ Game Types: Casino, Live Casino
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Playmillion ✓ 24/7 customer support
✓ Withdrawals are processed fast
✓ 350 games on desktop and 100 on mobile
✓ Game Types: Casino, Live Casino
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Spela ✓ Pay N Play for players from Sweden & Finland
✓ fair bonus and wagering conditions
✓ interesting and varied game selection
✓ 1300 games on desktop and 1000 on mobile
✓ Game Types: Casino, Live Casino
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No Bonus Casino ✓ 10% Cashback on all lost deposits
✓ Withdrawals are processed fast
✓ 24/7 Customer Support
✓ 700 games on desktop and 550 on mobile
✓ Game Types: Casino, Live Casino
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Spinit ✓ Fast withdrawals within 24 hours
✓ Promotions for casino slots and live casino
✓ game selection is diverse
✓ 1300 games on desktop and 800 on mobile
✓ Game Types: Casino, Live Casino
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Vera & John ✓ operator has a long-standing experience in the industry
✓ Withdrawals are processed very fast
✓ interesting and large game selection
✓ 900 games on desktop and 600 on mobile
✓ Game Types: Casino, Live Casino
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Casumo ✓ 24/7 Support
✓ Weekly Reel Races and other promotions
✓ Mobile casino app
✓ 2000 games on desktop and 1500 on mobile
✓ Game Types: Casino, Live Casino
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Sloty ✓ Withdrawals are carried out within 24 hours
✓ Promotions for casino and live casino
✓ large and varied game selection
✓ 1300 games on desktop and 800 on mobile
✓ Game Types: Casino, Live Casino
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Boyle ✓ payments are processed fast
✓ fair wagering requirements and bonus terms
✓ 500 games on desktop and 200 on mobile
✓ Game Types: Casino, Live Casino, Sportsbook, Poker
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Karamba ✓ mobile optimised casino
✓ fair bonus wagering requirements and terms
✓ 700 games on desktop and 500 on mobile
✓ Game Types: Casino, Live Casino, Sportsbook
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BGO ✓ lots of interesting bonuses
✓ website is optimised for mobile devices
✓ 1000 games on desktop and 700 on mobile
✓ Game Types: Casino, Live Casino
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Dunder ✓ BankID casino for players from Sweden
✓ no restrictions on withdrawals
✓ fantastic game selection
✓ payments to and from the casino are free
✓ 2400 games on desktop and 2000 on mobile
✓ Game Types: Casino, Live Casino
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888 ✓ many promotions available
✓ website is optimised for mobile devices
✓ 170 games on desktop and 120 on mobile
✓ Game Types: Casino, Live Casino, Poker, Sportsbook
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Bonus advertising guidelines of the UK Gambling Commission

Part of the regulations for gambling advertising for UK-licensed casinos is for example that if a bonus is mentioned, the significant terms of the bonus offer must be mentioned as well. This includes , others the minimum required deposit, bonus amounts, wagering requirements, maximum bets and how long the bonus is valid for. The full bonus terms and conditions must be placed just one click away from the bonus offer, which increases transparency to the players who wish to take advantage of online casino bonuses.

UKGC casinos license status check

The Public Register of the UKGC ↱ allows you to check the licenses of every registered licence holder at the UK Gambling Commission. The licensees are regularly audited, and compliance checks are carried out. Operators, who don't adhere to the regulations will be investigated by the authority, and they run the risk of getting a hefty fine if they are found to be in breach. In many cases, however, the regulator will make the licensee aware of non-compliant behaviour, which is revised by the operator without the Gambling Commission having to take formal action against the operator, but this depends on the severity of the issue, and a case-by-case basis.

The regulator has fined a number of operators in the past, often because of a breach of advertising guidelines or failure to prevent and report suspicious transactions or potential problem gambling.

Filing a complaint with the UKGC

Although we don't hope that things will go wrong with a casino, there is always a small chance that the operator is not behaving fairly to the players. This issue usually concerns withheld withdrawals from the casino, and if you feel that the casino should pay out your winnings, and instead they give you an excuse to not pay you, you can file a complaint with the UK Gambling Commission as a last resort.

To resolve complaints, we recommend trying to resolve it with the casino operator, as in many cases withdrawals are withheld because players are trying to withdraw bonus money. If you have received bonus money from the casino, make sure that you read the terms and conditions carefully, as bonus money is always attached to restrictive conditions.

However, if the casino is withholding legitimate winnings from you, and they are not providing you with an adequate explanation, you can file a report with the gambling commission here ↱. You also need to provide documentation to support your claim against the casino, such as for example the correspondence you've had with the casino about the issue.

With this in mind, remember that the UK Gambling Commission won't act as an intermediary for you to get your money back from the casino, and they won't resolve consumer complaints. However, cases will be reviewed to see if the casino has acted according to their obligations towards the players, and if the casino is found to display suspicious behaviour by, for example, refusing to pay out winnings, or unsolicited advertising, these issues will be investigated and acted upon by the casino regulator.

News articles relating to the UK Gambling Commission

The UK Gambling Commission publishes regular articles about their consultations, statistics or regulatory actions on their website ↱. Every now and then, we will also write about them, when we have something that we think is relevant to online casino players.

UKGC

UKGC suspends Genesis Global Ltd Remote Gambling License

21.07.2020 On the 20th of July, the UK Gambling Commission announced the suspension of Genesis Global Ltd's license, to further investigate the operator's conduct.....read more

UKGC

UK Casino Credit Card Ban Becomes Effective Now

14.04.2020 From 14th April 2020, both online casinos and land based gambling halls in the UK are no longer allowed to accept credit cards for payments. ....read more

UKGC

UKGC Bans Use of Credit Cards in Casinos From April 2020

14.01.2020 The UK Gambling Commission bans the use of credit cards for land-based and online gambling activities, effective from 14th of April 2020.....read more

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