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Report

Prohibition of gambling on credit cards

This report focuses on research conducted around the prohibition of gambling on credit cards

Deposits prior to the introduction of the ban

Metric
Gamblers don’t make a large credit card deposit prior to the ban’s introduction
Concern
In the build-up to the ban’s introduction, gamblers could have made large deposits to their accounts using credit cards which would have reduced the early efficacy of the ban
Assessment
We have found no evidence to suggest that large credit card deposits were made prior to the ban’s introduction

A major high street bank has informed us that, amongst those that used a credit card to gamble, there was no identifiable shift in spend behaviour towards ATM withdrawals or money transfers in the build-up to, or subsequent to, the implementation of the credit card gambling ban.

A significant decrease in ATM use was observed during March 2020, which is very likely to have been a consequence of the spread of Covid-19 during that time.

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