People are to be banned from using credit cards to place bets, the Gambling Commission has said.
The ban, which starts on 14 April, comes after reviews of the industry by the commission and the government. Commission research shows that 22% of online
gamblers using credit cards are classed as problem gamblers.
Neil McArthur, Gambling Commission chief executive, said:
Credit card gambling can lead to significant financial harm. The ban that we have announced today
should minimise the risks of harm to consumers from gambling with money they do not have.
We realise that this change will inconvenience those consumers who use credit cards responsibly, but we are satisfied that reducing the risk
of harm to other consumers means that action must be taken.
The ban will apply to all online and offline gambling products except lotteries that are run for good causes. These lotteries will have to provide a significant layer of
additional protection to vulnerable people. The commission said that tickets for these lotteries, as well as for the National Lottery, can be bought using credit cards in supermarkets and newsagents as long as they are purchased with other products.