UKGC To Hold Consultations On Credit Card Gambling

Viktor Vangelov | Published 26 Jul 2019, 1:17 p.m.

The UK Gambling Commission have been pretty active in the past several months. There have been a lot of initiatives, a lot of decisions, new rules have been implemented. Just two days ago we reported on the latest consultations and decision on loot boxes, and the Commission ruled that loot boxes aren’t gambling.

The reason behind this decision, or should we say interpretation, was simple. Namely, loot boxes don’t have a monetary value, despite the existence of unauthorised secondary sites that offer illegal loot boxes gambling. As it’s not a recognised form of gambling, it is not under the scope of activities of the Gambling Commission, although the chief of the UKGC was clear that video game providers need to put extra effort into preventing loot box gambling.

Against An Umbrella Ban On Credit Card Betting

A while ago we reported on the UKGC initiative to gather information and opinions on two issues, one of which was credit card gambling. And the Commission has announced that it will hold a consultation process beginning in mid-August. It will be a longer process and this time the Commission will ensure to reach a decision that reflects the needs and expectations of all involved parties.

With the FOBTs, the Commission didn’t take into consideration the opinions of the operators who felt that the limit is being decreased to an amount that’s way to low and will force operators to close betting shops and fire staff.

Now, experts and stakeholders urge the UKGC not to rush it with the decision regarding credit card betting. It is argued that for many players credit card gambling won’t lead to problem behaviour. For most players credit card is a useful option regardless whether the activity in question is playing slots or something else.

The Gambling Commission announced that the initial plan was to decrease the limit to just £30. It is safe that it was probably pressure from the public that convinced the UKGC to go the extra mile and decrease the limit to as low as £2.

While there was evidence that FOTBs are a problematic type of gambling, that is not the case with credit card gambling. So, one of the more reasonable options is to limit credit card gambling only when the player requires it. That would be a rather similar solution to the one that applies to self-exclusion, and those who are in favour of this option feel that it would be good as it wouldn’t put any restraints on players who can handle themselves and don’t have a problem with credit card gambling and credit card use in general.

Athletes Involved In Sports Betting

There is another issue that has been discussed a lot lately. The attitude of the Football Association and football clubs towards betting and gambling, especially following several scandals involving footballers and other individuals involved in football clubs.

The most recent scandal involved former Liverpool striker Sturridge. Namely, it turned out that Sturridge told his cousin to place a wager on him joining Inter Milan, as Sturridge had the information that he would actually be joining Inter Milan. Despite the fact that he didn’t join the Italian club, Sturridge was fined. The amount was rather insignificant though, as it was lower than his salary.  

Sturridge was also given a six-week ban and he is not allowed to be playing football during that period, but the ban was reduced to just two weeks.