The UK Gambling Commission has confirmed that their plan to ban making deposits to any online casino or gambling company licensed and operating in the UK will go ahead.
The move to stop gamblers using credit card was announced in 2019 but it has just been confirmed that an actual ban will go into effect from the 20th of April this year.
Research completed by the UKGC as part of their study that led to the ban discovered that over 20% of problem gamblers used credit cards to make a deposit. From their point of view then it does make sense to curb this method of depositing. After all credit cards are an expensive way to make a deposit and gamble making any problem with gambling even worse by incurring more fees and penalties.
The only gambling related sector that has been spared from the ban is the purchase of local lottery and scratch cards which the UKGC believes to be impossible to enforce if they had included it in the ban
In an additional move all UK gambling related companies will now have no choice but to be involved the GAMSTOP program that allows gamblers to self exclude.
Personally we feel that putting limits on credit card deposits would have been a better move, now the UK is making it harder for people that do not have a problem to make a deposit which does not seem fair either. Many people enjoy playing slots and make the occasional deposit using credit card without getting into any difficulties at all.
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