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The Bruges Group spearheaded the intellectual battle to win a vote to leave the European Union and, above all, against the emergence of a centralised EU state.
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What to know about gambling in the UK


Gambling at online casinos is widely popular in the UK and there are a lot of game and casino options available. The UK has one of the biggest gambling markets in the world, along with the US, Macau, France, Singapore, Spain, and Germany. In the UK this market is controlled by The UK Gambling Commission, which was formed after the Gambling Act of 2005.

The UK Gambling Act has different tasks, which include preventing crimes from happening in any UK-licensed online casino and land-based casinos. It's also made to make sure that it's fair gambling at different venues, as well as protecting both vulnerable people and children from gambling and harm in this matter.

Regulated gambling in the UK

There are differences in gambling licenses from country to country. In the UK, the gambling license is called UKGC (United Kingdom Gambling Commission). This license is always a good idea to look for, as it is your security in an online casino because it must live up to these strict regulations. Other licenses to keep an eye out for if you decide to try out foreign online casinos or betting sites are MGA (Malta Gaming Authority) or the Curacao gaming license.

Licensed casinos

There can be some differences between UK online casinos and foreign, which you should know about. First, it's up to oneself to decide what country-based casino he/she wants to gamble on. But it's also very important to be aware of their pros and cons. One thing is, that it is possible to exclude yourself from any UK-licensed gambling business if you need a break from this type of entertainment. Another thing is taxation. In the UK you won't get taxed on any winnings, while that's another story in other countries. You should always make sure you research these rules if you decide to visit a foreign casino online, as well as land-based ones.

What to look out for when searching for an online casino

It can seem rather confusing with so many different casinos online. One of the most important things to look out for, besides the license, is how trustworthy the site is. Always check what kind of secure payment systems there are, how they deal with personal data as well as the overall looks of the websites. It's a really good idea to use comparison sites to find the gambling sites that are best rated.

The comparisons are made by looking at both the safety and security for the gamblers, the customer service, the selection of games, the website's content, user-friendliness, bonuses, and of course ratings. The customer ratings are always helpful to read, so you have a better understanding of how a selected casino works and is perceived by its players. 

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