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Paying for Gambling


Paying for Gambling

What's changing?
New regulation from the Gambling Commission means you can't pay for most forms of gambling on your credit card in Great Britain anymore.

When does this happen?
The ban came into place on the 14 April 2020.

What is classed as a gambling transaction?
This applies to all “online and offline gambling transactions, except lotteries that are run for good causes”. So this means it includes gambling on betting websites, in casinos, playing bingo and arcades, along with all forms of betting done in person at the bookmakers.

Can I still buy a lottery ticket with my credit card?
Yes, National Lottery tickets can still be bought on your credit card in supermarkets and newsagents, as long as they are purchased at the same time as other products.

Can I still buy drinks and food in a Casino with my credit card?
You should check this directly with the Casino you are planning to visit, as this will depend how they process payments.

What countries does this apply to?
At the moment, this applies for gambling transactions in Scotland, England and Wales.

Can I still gamble in other countries, for example, the USA?
Yes, for the time being, you will still be able to gamble in other countries using your credit card. This will incur the usual fees and charges, which you can find in your terms and conditions.

Can I still use my debit card to gamble in Great Britain?
Yes, you can still use your debit card to pay for these transactions.

Where should I go if I’m worried about gambling?
BeGambleAware offers free, confidential advice to anyone who is worried about their own or someone else’s gambling.


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Re: Paying for Gambling

Any measure that discourages gambling is good

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Thanks for the information.

I suppose its to help prevent people racking up big gambling spends especially on their credit card.

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I think this is a very good idea. I do however have experience that some gambling sites still allow you to use a credit card to purchase tickets. My partner couldn’t use his visa debit card to buy a ticket for some car raffle but he could use a credit card!!