The safety and legality of online gambling are major concerns that any new player should think about if he has any sense of self-preservation. So, here I am answering 10 of the most frequently asked questions about these topics.

Is online gambling legal in the UK?

Any UK resident is allowed to gamble online in this country, provided that he or she is at least 18 years old. That’s why some casinos ask for proof of identity. Still, compared to other parts of the world, Great Britain has plenty of licensed online casinos.

What laws regulate the gambling industry in the UK?

The 2005 Gambling Act issued by the Gambling Commission regulates the British online gambling industry. This Commission is also responsible for issuing a license to gambling operators and for protecting the consumer, including children and other vulnerable groups from being exploited by gambling.

How do I know an online casino is safe?

You should read online reviews and stick to big brands in the industry. Also, there are all sorts of blacklists on reputed websites like casino.org, so make sure the website you are interested in is not on any of those lists.

What are the signs that a casino is not trustworthy?

  • The web design is unprofessional and sketchy
  • The offers are too good to be true
  • You are asked to pay for membership
  • You read lots of bad reviews on the internet about former victims
  • It doesn’t offer an alternative payment method apart from credit cards.

How do I protect my card details from online casinos?

The best way to do this is to not provide card details to any online casino. Use instead e-wallet paying options like PayPal or Skrill. This way, the casino never finds out your card details.

What safety measures should an online casino have?

All reputed online casinos offer high-level encryption services like 128-bit SSL to protect the personal and financial data of customers. It’s not that easy to hack an online casino these days.

Should I worry about the software an online casino uses?

Yes, you should take everything you read about a game with a grain of salt. There are lots of platforms that mess with randomization. That’s why you should only choose casinos vetted by sites like online.gambling.org.

What does “rogue casino” mean?

This term refers to online casinos that have a history of ignoring players who want to withdraw their winnings. Whenever such problems occur, players complain in the online environment, so a simple Google search should tell you if a casino has gone “rogue” or not.

How can I minimise the risk when placing a bet?

Follow these 3 rules: bet low, know what you’re betting on, and expect to lose the money. Gambling is a risk, after all, so you should not base your spending behaviour on potential winnings. Still, practice makes perfect when it comes to skill-based casino games, so the more you play, the better you become and one can assume that experienced players win more money.

Who can I contact if I’ve been the victim of an online casino scam?

If you think you have been the victim of an online gambling scam, contact the National Fraud & Cyber Crime Reporting Centre. They have a division that handles betting and gambling fraud. Here’s a number you can call: 0300 123 2040. You can also chat with them on actionfraud.police.uk.

This FAQ section should have prepared you to enter the world of online gambling. If you don’t want to find a trustworthy casino on your own, it’s best to ask around for recommendations from your friends. A friend has no reason to lie and you know his opinion is not a sales pitch in disguise.