For some time now, there’s been an open rebellion against the use of credit cards in UK online casino gaming sites. The Gambling Commission produced an in-depth look at the experience in their recent Review of Online Gaming report. In this report, one of the key recommendations they made was to bring about the end of paying for gambling via credit cards.
The idea is steeped in logic. People should only be able to gamble with what they have. Gambling using a credit card is a false economy, and leaves those with problem gambling issues more likely to keep placing bets even when their available funds runs out.
Another major change in the process was to try and improve customer understanding of what customers were signing up for. From changing how UK free spins and other offers are worded to removing the use of credit cards, major change is afoot here in the industry.
The UK has arguably had the largest problem of any major European nation in accepting and utilizing online casino gaming. According to Neil McArthur, the Gambling Commission Chief Executive, the proposals announced are also aimed at being able to “protect children better, reduce the risks to vulnerable consumers and build on the measures we already impose on operators to know their customers and intervene at an earlier stage before consumers experience harm.”
If you are someone who uses your credit card for UK online casino gaming, you’ll need to find an alternative.