Gaming at Non Gamstop Casinos in the UK

Players the world over want to be able to play in a safe, secure gaming environment. For many countries, this means that there needs to be strict responsible gambling protocols in place to aid this. The United Kingdom has some of the strictest regulations in the world, part of which involves licenced casinos in the UK becoming part of the Gamstop network. But not all casinos are part of this. Does it actually matter though? Let’s take a look.

What is Gamstop?

When a casino gets a licence from the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC), there are a number of specific requirements that casino must adhere to. Joining Gamstop for instance.

Gamstop is simply a network that helps gamblers regulate their gaming if they find that they are struggling. Casinos licenced in the UK are all part of this network. When a player decides that gambling is becoming too much, they can self-exclude. This means telling the casino that they no longer want to play there for a specific period of time. In order to help the player, the casino will block their account for that time period thus helping the gambler to take a break.

However, it’s a simple process for the gambler just to sign up to a new casino instead. Especially if the pull of gambling becomes too strong. Gamstop prevents this from occurring. It does this by linking all the casinos that have signed up into one network. So, when a gambler enters their details and says they want to stop, no casino can accept that player. It’s a more effective way of helping problem gamblers.

But casinos don’t have to be with Gamstop to accept UK players.

Are casinos that aren’t part of Gamstop safe?

This is a question on the tip of many a player’s tongue. And the answer is yes, non Gamstop casinos can also be safe and secure, just like those on Gamstop. Of course, this isn’t always the case, so it’s very important that players actually take the time to check out the licencing of any casino they plan to join.

However, for fully licensed non-Gamstop sites, these casinos are just as safe as those with Gamstop. They have licences, just not from the UK. And, they also have SSL encryption, high-quality payment methods and their games are regularly audited for gaming fairness.

Finding the benefits

While these types of casinos aren’t so good for problem players, there are a whole lot of benefits. For one, these sites do give players access to a wider range of payment methods. They typically accept cryptocurrencies for  example, giving players the chance to enjoy even more anonymity.

Additionally, these sites often have far more providers supplying their games when compared to sites. Again, this is to do with slightly more lax requirements. With more providers available, these casinos can offer thousands of games, far more than most UKGC-licenced sites.

Finally, with fewer verification requirements, players can get playing a whole lot faster. As such, these casinos offer a very entertaining, secure gaming platform.

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