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Halifax and HSBC to Allow customers to Block Cards From Gambling Sites

by Glenn Baird - November 19, 2019

A few weeks ago HSBC announced that they would allow customers to set up blocks in their cards that would prevent them from spending money at online gambling sites. Today, Halifax joined HSBC, allowing their customers to self-exclude their cards from gambling sites of a minimum of 48 hours.

The measure, whilst not a full block has been devised by Halifax to allow customers to take the time needed to walk away from impulsive spending behaviours that they are aware they cannot control.

The move sees two of Europe’s biggest banks take measures to try and support customers who identify has problem gamblers. Similar blocks have already bee put in place by Lloyds Bank, Barclays, Bank of Scotland and MBNA.

More than 15,000 customers have already taken advantage of the restrictions that these banks and lenders have put in place since the end of October.

The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland sits to the north-west of mainland Europe. The United Kingdom shares a border with The Republic of Ireland and has coasts on the Atlantic Ocean, Celtic Sea, North Sea, Irish Sea and English Channel. The population of the UK is approaching the 67.6 million mark leading to a fairly densely populated land mass. The gambling sector in the United Kingdom is entirely regulated and licensed by the UKGC – the United Kingdom Gambling Commission. Should players resident In the UK wish to gamble with foreign based operators there is no history of this being treated as a criminal offence, but high levels of protection exist for UK residents playing with UK licensed operators.


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.