Online gambling laws in the United Kingdom were rather lax towards foreign operators right up until 2014. In November of 2014, all this changed when new legislation was passed. This basically meant that those operators who have avoided paying taxes in the past and who are NOT licensed in the UK can no longer aim their business towards the UK market. To do so, they would need to obtain a license from the UK gambling commission. This means that these operators would have to pay far more taxes than before and it also means that UK players can only play in a casino which is licensed in their territory.
This new legislation mainly effected the operators. Almost overnight there were literally hundreds of online casinos which stopped accepting business from UK players and then even more followed over the next couple of weeks. Some online casino operators became fully compliant with new UK online gaming legislation and others have still not become compliant. While UK players are not actually breaking the law when playing at an offshore licensed online casino, they are still not advised to do so and should stick to playing at UK licensed casinos only.
UK players were informed via email that their accounts would be transferred over to a sister site which was UK compliant, but other accounts were closed altogether when the option of a sister site wasn’t available. However, UK players still have access to some of the best online casinos in the world and they all support English as the main language. These casinos all accept UK pound sterling and they all accept numerous UK online payment options.
The other great thing about today’s fully compliant UK online casinos is that they are powered by some of the finest online casino software providers in the world and this means that UK players also have access to the most diverse range of casino games and software available anywhere online today. UK online casinos are packed with online slot machines, table games, card games, instant win games, arcade games, Asian games, video pokers, multiplayer games, progressive jackpot games and much more. Most UK online casinos have live dealer casino games available as well and many of them are also now available on mobile.
The telephone support at any UK online casino is generally toll-free plus they also provide fax support, email support and live chat support. An attractive new player welcome bonus and plenty of other special offers are also generally available throughout the year and UK players can benefit from some fantastic loyalty rewards programs. You will also find that the best UK online casinos are controlled by some of the most well-known operators in the world.
Being that there are so many legal online casinos in the UK making the choice on where to play can often be a little overwhelming.