The Gambling Commission has announced that as of 7 May, online operators in the United Kingdom will be required to verify a new gambler’s identity before allowing any wager to be made.
The ruling, which significantly reduces the 72 hours sites had previously been given to check for ID, will ensure problem-gamblers listed on self-exclusion register Gamstop are unable to generate fake profiles to place bets.
“Today’s changes follow our review of online gambling and our ongoing widespread regulatory action into the online sector. We will keep using our powers to raise standards for consumers.”
The ruling also comes one year after the commision reported 15 percent of complaints made by players were concerned with extra identification checks immediately prior to the collection of winnings.
The verification must now be made before any deposit is made, before the use of any free bet or bonus, and before account holders are granted access to free-to-play game variants.
DCMS Secretary of State Jeremy Wright praised the move as “creating a much safer online environment,” as the department continues its UK-wide inquiry into online addiction.