A recent YouGov poll reveals 58% against affordability checks in the UK. The BGC believes this could lead to an increase of UK punters moving to black-market gambling. (Image by Darya Sannikova at pexels.com)
In the UK, a recent poll by YouGov has revealed that 58% of UK gamblers are against affordability checks at online casinos. The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has claimed that this should serve as a wake-up call for legislators in Britain.
The UK Government is currently reviewing the 2005 Gambling Act with the white paper on gambling legislation expected at some point in February. However, the BGC is concerned about the results of a survey that showed that the majority of gamblers are opposed to affordability checks as part of identifying problem gamblers.
The BGC believes that while legislators need to do more to battle problem gambling via the promotion of responsible gambling and the early detection of gambling addiction; they have to strike a fine balance protecting vulnerable players and not pushing regular betters into black market gambling.
Aside from revealing that 58% of UK gamblers are opposed to affordability checks, it also showed that 59% believe that probing customers’ finances will push more UK punters into gambling on the black market. Of those polled, only 16% said they would agree to online casinos performing an affordability check. These checks, which is something the government is considering as part of its review of current gambling legislation, could lead to players moving to unregulated or poorly regulated offshore online casinos, the BGC believes.