Checks you can do to stay safe
Gambling businesses must have fair, open and transparent complaints policies and procedures.
They must also have arrangements in place for you to refer a complaint to an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) provider if they are unable to resolve the complaint within eight weeks of receiving it.
If you are concerned about a gambling businesses' complaints policies, then you can make a complaint to us.
Check if the gambling business is licensed
Before you begin gambling, you should check that the gambling business is licensed.
If the business has a Gambling Commission license, you will be protected by consumer and gambling protection rules in Great Britain.
The public register allows you to see what type of activities gambling businesses can offer, and see if we have ever taken any regulatory action against them.
Check if your money is protected
Any company you gamble with must tell you whether your money is protected in case they go bust.
There are three levels of protection. All gambling businesses must make it clear which level applies to you. This includes both online and physical places you can gamble, like a betting shop or casino.
The business must give you this information in their terms and conditions.
You can read more about the levels of protection and what this means for you.
Last updated: 26 August 2023
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Updated 'make a complaint to us' link to point to Tell us something in confidence page.