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Benefits of UKGC licensed online casinos

There are online casinos based all over the world, indeed some apparently UK online casinos are in overseas territories, but where they are physically situated has little to do with how safe they are or how well they are run. But the benefits that you get when using an online casino UK that is licenced by the UKGC (United Kingdom Gambling Commission) is a whole set of rules that are there for your safety in all sorts of ways.

Legal Status
Firstly and website that allows gambling, trading or advertises to consumers in the UK must have a Gambling Commission licence otherwise, although they may be safe, they are breaking the law and action will be taken against them. If you are gambling with one of these it might prove difficult to get your money out.

Time Outs, Limits and Self Exclusion
An online site must have a feature that allows you to manage your gambling by removing yourself from it for a short while and must let you prevent yourself from gambling for 24 hours, a week, a month or any period up to 6 weeks.

Along with time-outs you should be able to set limits for depositing and and daily spends.

Coming by the end of 2017 is a new feature where all licensed sites will offer a multi-site self-exclusion option. A single request will allow you to prevent yourself from gambling on any online casino or betting site.

Terms and Conditions
There must be a T&Cs summary in plain and simple language.

Gambling Safely
You should be able to easily find information on how to gamble safely and find support for problem gambling where ever you are in the world, but especially in the UK.

Game Rules
Online gambling businesses must have pages of guides to each gambling product and a bet by bet list of the house edge against you.
Account Details
Clear display of all your transactions including the amount of time you have spent gambling and the opportunity to set limits for amounts of time you can play.

Clear information of special offers should be always available. Conditions should be simple to understand. These will get even more simple by the end of 2017 as the UKGC clamps down on complex betting requirements that force you to bet many times any bonus on offer.

Protection of Funds
Your gambling partner website must set out how the customer funds are protected in the event the business becomes insolvent.

Complaints Handling
They must have a written complaints procedure and arrangements in place for you to be able to refer to an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) organisation. It must be provided on request. These ADR entities have been approved for the purposes of the Alternative Dispute Resolution for Consumer Disputes (Competent Authorities and information) Regulations 2015.
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