UK Regulator Bans Credit Card Gambling

The UK Gambling Commission will ban gambling by credit card from April 14, saying players who gamble that way are more likely to be problem gamblers.

The commission cited research that suggests that 22 percent of credit card gamblers are classed as problem gamblers, and more are at risk of a problem. It also noted UK Finance data that suggests around 800,000 customers currently use credit cards to gamble in the UK.

Not included in the ban are face-to-face purchases of lottery tickets, as the regulator said lottery players are less likely to have problems, and National Lottery operator Camelot Group has a training programme for sellers.

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