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No Increase in Complaints Against Illegal Gambling

by Glenn Baird - May 19, 2020

The UKGC, the UK’s gambling regulator has released information today that they claim proves there has been no increase in the number of complaints being made against illegally operating gambling websites in the country.

The data that the Commission is referring to shows that there has been no increase in the number of complaints that they have received since arch 23rd, when the lockdown began in the UK.

There were 12 complaints made about 9 sites in March and 11 complaints about 11 sites in April, with the evidence suggesting there has been no real increase in the number of complaints being made in the last 12 months.

In the report the Commission state that they have a group of specialists who monitor reports of illegal gambling and who also have access to a variety of tools that allows them combat illegal websites and use those to ensure that that they are unable to offer their service to UK customers. The UKGC also works closely with National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) to keep consumers in the UK safe, to educate those working in the gambling industry and the public at large.

Gambling Commission Executive Director: “Our data does not indicate there has been an increase in any illegal gambling in Britain during the Covid-19 crisis.

“It is an area we monitor carefully and where we find problems we use our broad range of investigatory powers, alongside stakeholders such as software providers, payment businesses and hosting companies.

“Tackling illegal websites and unlicensed operators is challenging and it is also resource intensive, but we are committed to continuing our work in this area to protect consumers here in Britain.”

A link to the report can be found here.

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.