Prohibition of gambling on credit cards
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On 14 April 2020, the Gambling Commission introduced a ban on gambling with credit cards online in response to evidence that some gamblers with high-levels of debt were using credit cards to facilitate their gambling behaviour. The ban was intended to introduce friction to the process of gambling with borrowed money.
This report outlines the findings from the monitoring phase of the evaluation. This interim step has been taken because it will take a longer period of time to fully understand the outcomes of the ban. A further evaluation has been commissioned to report on the full impact of the ban.
This report utilises multiple sources of information to justify the stated conclusions, but we recognise that other sources of information or longer observation periods may provide an enhanced understanding.