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United Kingdom Gambling Commission Review


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The United Kingdom Gambling Commission (UKGC) entered the online gambling market as a significant regulator entity during 2014. Previous to this the UKGC were primarily responsible for the management and regulation of the offline gambling market within the UK. When the UK government decided to tax online operators for any activity generated by players located within the UK, the UKGC were given the remit of deciding which operators would be allowed to accept UK traffic and ensuring that those operators upheld the legal and professional standards required for a UKGC license.

The technical standards required by an online gambling operator or software developer to conduct business within the UK are amongst the most robust required by any licensing jurisdiction, making a UKGC license a strong indicator that the games being offered to players are fair.

The UKGC do not manage player complaints. Instead they outsource player complaint management to UKGC approved Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) services. As such the significance of a UKGC license to a player largely depends on which ADR service the operator uses. Our experience with the ADR services currently available has lead us to believe that some are more diligent than other when it comes to ensuring that players receive fair treatment and as such this creates variation in the value of a UKGC license to players. It should be noted that we have not had dealings with all of the UKGC accredited ADR services.

The ADR services currently available and relevant to the online sector are listed below, including contact information:

ADR Group

Website –

Email[email protected]

Address – 160 Fleet Street



Telephone – 020 3600 5050 or +44 7703 308 923 (Mark Belford)


Website –

Email[email protected]

Address – 2/F Berkeley Square House

Berkeley Square



Telephone – +44 20 7887 1480


Website –

Email[email protected]

Address – Independent Betting Adjudication Service

PO Box 62639



Telephone – 020 7347 5883

Fax – 020 7347 5882

Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission

Website –

Email[email protected]

Telephone – +44 (0)1624 694331

Joel Goodman

Website –

Email[email protected]

Address – 17th Floor, Wembley Point

1 Harrow Road



Telephone – (+44) 208 133 2794

The Ombudsman Service Limited

Website –

Address – Ombudsman Services

The Brew House

Wilderspool Park

Greenall’s Avenue



Telephone – 0333 300 1620

Contact information for the UKGC can be found below :

Contact Details;

Website –

Email – [email protected]

Telephone – +44 121 230 6666

Fax – +44 121 230 6720

Address: Gambling Commission

Victoria Square House

Victoria Square


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Set in the North Atlantic, the island of Ireland has a population of around 6.6 million souls. Land-based gambling in Ireland is thoroughly regulated since Ireland has always been on the front foot in this sector. Online regulation from this jurisdiction is not quite in place yet – though the process is under way. Foreign operators appear free to accept customers residing in Ireland and Ireland does not pursue legal action against players that play with foreign licensed operators whilst they are in the process of finalizing their own licensing procedures.


The above information is what we believe to be the the legal status of online gambling, however information on this topic is limited and hard to find. We accept no liability for any errors or ommissions. It is the reader’s responsibility to ensure that they know the legality of online gambling in their country before engaging with any online gambling service.