On 1st November legislation came into force in the UK that meant all sites with UK players have to be licenced by the Gambling Commission. Previously it was considered acceptable to have UK players if the licence was held in one of the ‘White List’ territories like Gibraltar or Malta for example. These changes mean that operators who do not have a UK licence cannot accept UK based players at their sites, or even advertise to players in the UK for that matter.
For this reason we have spent the last few days checking and double checking all of the sites that we have reviewed over the years and where necessary, removed any links to the sites who are not compliant with the new Gambling Act.
The bingo reviews for these sites will still be shown here at Playing Bingo but what you will see is a notice on the page to state that they are non-compliant and the banners will direct you to a site that offers a similar gaming experience as an alternative.
Each of our reviews boasts a section highlighting the Licensing and Complaints for each brand. It is here that you will see additional information available as to the sites compliance with the new Gambling Act.
Sites are now required to display a link on all of their pages that access gambling that shows their ‘licensed status’ with the Gambling Commission.
All of the changes are great for the consumer and with all the details available on our reviews, you are able to make an informed decision as to the site you choose to deposit and play at.
Please note that our choice not to link to some brands is also governed by whether a site has an affiliate program or not. Not having a link to the site does not mean that the site is not properly licensed.
Below is an example of the detail showing on the main review page:
Should a site show in our reviews index and not be complaint with the new legislation, the example below shows how we will indicate this in the alphabetical list:
Should you have any questions, feel free to post a comment below.
By: Nickie Shute