Online Sports Gambling Laws
Gambling is a very popular way to win money by playing games of skill online. A lot of people in the United Kingdom have been turning their gaming habits into a full-time job, whether it is through online chess, arcade games, word games, card games, strategy games or other sports games.
In most countries around the world, the matter regarding online sport betting is often under strong opposition but the laws are still a long way behind regarding the issues of online gambling, so in many cases, the online betting technology is ahead of the legislation. Therefore, the question of whether or not it is legal to gamble online can rarely be answered definitively. The governments are making an effort to enact online betting specific legislations dealing with the legality of internet gambling though they differ substantially from county to country.
The British Parliament passed the "Gambling Bill", which created a commission to supervise the domestic online gaming industry in the country rather than banning it completely. Key provisions of the Remote Gambling Act relevant to internet gambling including casinos, sports betting, poker rooms and any other form of real money wagering online or via mobile telephony devices are:
- British-based online gaming sites will be governed by the UK Gambling Commission new authority set up to monitor all operators covered by the Act.
- Any operator of a Remote gambling service who has any piece of Remote Gambling Equipment (e.g. servers) located in the UK must obtain a license from the UK Gambling Commission.
- Operators of Remote gambling services from outside the UK are free to offer their product to UK residents, provided they are complying with the licensing requirements of the jurisdiction in which the service is hosted.
With the proposition of these gambling laws, the UK and European Union seems to be leaning towards the regulation, while the United States grapples with the practical obstacles associated with their decision in 2006 to illegalize payment processing for internet gambling operations. SearchMe4, the UK online business directory provides listings of the world’s leading betting & gaming enterprises which are licensed and regulated by the Gambling Commission.
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