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Gambling using a credit card

Gambling businesses must not accept credit card payments for gambling.

This includes:

  • online betting  
  • online casino and bingo  
  • lotteries who accept online payments or payments over the telephone  
  • high street bookmakers and track bookmakers 
  • high street casinos, bingo halls and arcades.

Credit cards can still be used to buy lottery tickets and scratchcards from a shop alongside non-gambling products. It would be an unfair expectation on retailers to identify and prevent credit card payments for lottery tickets if they form part of a wider shop.

Credit cards can also be used to buy lottery tickets and scratchcards where payment is sent by post, for example, card details are sent to the gambling business in the post.

A gambling business should make sure that if they are accepting payment from an e-wallet, such as PayPal or Skrill, that the money was not loaded from a credit card.

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