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Before you start to gamble, make sure you are aware of all the terms and conditions, deposit rules and always check for a licence.
Published: 20 September 2020
Last updated: 23 August 2021
This version was printed or saved on: 1 December 2023
Online version: https://www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk/public-and-players/guide/what-to-look-at-before-you-gamble
Overview: Before transferring any money into a gambling account, there are some things you should check.
that the gambling business holds a British Gambling Commission licence
that any restrictions on introductory offers or bonuses, such as a minimum spend level before the bonus are paid
if you can see their address, website domain names, trading names and current licence status.
check if the website is displaying a British Gambling Commission licensed status
check if you can click through to our public register and if it shows the licence of the business
check if the details of the licence (including activities and website domain names) match the public register
look at the terms and conditions for each gambling product, this will help you understand exactly what you are betting on so that you can make an informed decision on gambling with them.
Licensed gambling businesses must display that they are licensed and provide a link to our public register.
On our public register, you can see what type of activities gambling businesses are allowed to offer and if we have taken any regulatory action against them.
You can also see:
Any gambling business operating without a Gambling Commission licence is acting illegally and as a result:
If you think a business is offering gambling illegally, report your concerns to us.