Licensed Bookmakers

In order for an online bookmaker or a casino to be considered legal, it has to have a valid licence. You can use the following ranking to get familiar with all licensed bookmakers in your country:

1xbet
Licenze
Curacao, Cyprus
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
Most Popular
Bet365
Licenze
UK, Bulgaria, Gibraltar
Open Account Offer Up to £100 in Bet Credits for new customers at bet365. Min deposit £5. Bet Credits available for use upon settlement of bets to value of qualifying deposit. Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. Time limits and T&Cs apply. The bonus code BBCODE can be used during registration, but does not change the offer amount in any way. +18 | Terms & Conditions
Betway
Licenze
UK, Malta and other
New customers only. Min Deposit: £10. First deposit matched up to £10. 1 x wagering at odds of 1.75+ to unlock Free Bet. Debit Card & PayPal deposits only. This offer is valid for 7 days from your new account being registered. Terms apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk
22Bet
Licenze
Curacao, Kenya
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
William Hill
Licenze
UK, Gibraltar
New customers using Promo Code P30 only, min £10/€10 stake, min odds 1/2, free bets paid as 2 x £15/€15 (30 days expiry), free bet/payment method/player/country restrictions apply. 18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
Tipbet
Licenze
Malta Gaming Authority (MGA)
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
WirWetten
Licenze
Alderney
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
New Customers opt in and bet £5 at odds 2.00+ within 7 days of registration; excludes cashed out bets. Get 2x £10 Free Bets, set events only at odds 2.00+ plus a £10 Casino Bonus, not for Baccarat, wager 35x to withdraw,  game weighting:Slots/Instant Win:100%; Roulette/Table Games/Video Poker:20%; Blackjack:10%. Free Bets expire in 7 days. Card payments only. Geo Restrictions. Click for T&Cs. 18+ | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
Megapari
Licenze
Curacao
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
Bwin
Licenze
UK, Gibraltar, Bulgaria
18+ | New UK players only | Min deposit req. £10 | Certain deposit methods excluded | Pace 1 sport bet (3+ selections) } Excl Horse Racing| Min stake £10 | Max stake £20 | Min odds 1/5 (1.5) for each selection | Max FreeBet £20 for football only | FreeBet valid for 7 days | FreeBet stake not returned | T&Cs apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk
DoubleBet
Licenze
Curacao
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
VStarBet
Licenze
Malta, UK
New Players Only. Minimum stake €/£/$10, minimum odds 1.5, stake not refunded. 10X wagering the winning from the free bet. Wagering occurs from real balance first. Wagering requirement is calculated on bonus bets only wagering starts from real funds. Free bet is valid for 7 Days from issue. Maximum conversion: €/£/$20. Excluded Skrill deposits. 18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
Ladbrokes
Licenze
Great Britain, Gibraltar
18+. New UK+IRE customers. Paypal and certain deposit types and bet types excluded. Min £5 bet within 14 days of account reg at min odds 1/2 = 4 x £5 free bets. Free bets valid for 4 days on sports, stake not returned, restrictions apply. T&Cs apply. | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk
888sport
Licenze
UK Gambling Commission
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
BetStars
Licenze
Malta
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
STSBet
Licenze
Malta
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
Betfair
Licenze
UK, Bulgaria, Gibraltar
New customer offer. Place 5 x €10 or more bets to receive €20 in free bets. Repeat up to 5 times to receive maximum €100 bonus. Min odds 1/2 (1.5). Exchange bets excluded. Payment restrictions apply. T&Cs apply.
BetVictor
Licenze
Gibraltar, Great Britain
New Customers only. Deposit, opt in and place a £5 qualifying bet at odds of 2.00 or greater within 7 days of opening a new account; excludes cashed out bets. Receive 2x £10 Free Sports Bets, valid on set events only at odds 2.00 or greater, expires in 7 days, plus a ¤10 Casino Bonus, not for Baccarat, expires in 7 days. Wager the Casino Bonus 35x to withdraw winnings, game weighting: Slots/Instant Win:100%; Roulette/Table Games/Video Poker:20%; Blackjack:10%. Card Payments only. Geographical Restrictions and T&Cs Apply, See Below. 18+| Please Gamble Responsibly | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk
Unibet
Licenze
Malta Gaming Authority (MGA)
New customers only. Min deposit £10. Money back as bonus if first bet loses. Wagering requirements: sportsbook 3x at min. odds of 1.40 (2/5), casino 35x. Unless forfeited the sportsbook bonus must be wagered before using the casino bonus. Bonus expires 7 days after opt-in. No deposit required for NI customers. Call 08081699314 to claim. Full T&Cs apply | 18+ | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
Unikrn
Licenze
Isle of Man Gambling Supervision Commission
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
New Offer
Novibet
Licenze
UK, Greece, Isle Of Man
18 + | General Promotions Terms Apply | Place 10 or more bets of £10 worth from Monday to Sunday at odds of at least 7/10 (1.70) on any sport & you will receive a £10 free bet the following Monday | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
Cyber.bet
Licenze
Curacao
Available once per player | 5x turnover | Min odds 1.75 | 18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
Betfred
Licenze
Britain and Gibraltar
New UK & NI customers only. Promo code SPORTS60. Deposit and place first sports bet of £10+ in one transaction, at odds of Evens (2.0)+, settled within 60 days. First bet must be on Sports. £30 in Free Bets credited within 48 hours of bet settlement. 7-day expiry. Payment restrictions apply. SMS validation may be required. Max 60 Free Spins on Justice League Comics. 7-day expiry. Full T&Cs apply. | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk
BetRegal
Licenze
Malta Gaming Authority
New customers only. Max one £10 Free bet. Qualifying bets must be placed at odds of 1/1 or greater. Paid as bonus token with min 4/5 odds req. Skrill, Neteller, Paypal not eligible. T&Cs apply. 18+ | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
10bet
Licenze
Malta Gaming Authority
New Customers only; Min. deposit £15 (no Skrill/Neteller); Bonus amount is 100% of deposit up to £50; Welcome offers are limited to one per person, family, household address, email address, telephone number, same payment account number (e.g. debit card, Skrill and etc.), shared electronic device (e.g. school, public library, workplace, mobile phone) and shared IP; Wager the qualifying deposit and bonus amount 8x within 30 days to convert bonus winnings into real money; Wagers must be on min. odds of 4/5 on singles or acca bets with min. odds of 2/5 per selection to qualify; Max. stake contribution to wagering requirement is the value of your bonus; Certain bet types are excluded; See full terms; Terms apply; 18+
Marathonbet
Licenze
UK, Curacao, Alderney
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
Wazobet
Licenze
Curaçao & Lagos State Lottery Board
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
BetShah
Licenze
Curacao
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
Stake
Licenze
Curacao
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
Betsafe Canada
Licenze
Sweden, the UK & Malta
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
BoyleSports
Licenze
UK, Gibraltar
Cash stakes only. Min £10 stake required for initial £5 free bet. Min odds ½. Max £25 in free bets. Subsequent free bets equal 50% average of each 3 qualifying bets. 13 bets required to receive full £25 free bet. 18+. T&Cs apply. | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk
Betiton
Licenze
MGA & UKGC
New Customers only. Max one £10 free bet. Qualifying bets must be placed at odds 1/1 or greater. Paid as bonus token with min 4/5 odds req. Skrill, Neteller & Paypal not eligible. T&CS APPLY. 18+ | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk
Rivalo
Licenze
Curaçao
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
PowerPlay
Licenze
Curacao
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
Toto Gaming
Licenze
Curaçao
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
MoPlay
Licenze
UK Gambling Commission
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | Play Responsibly
BetConnect
Licenze
U.K. Gambling Commission
Deposit at least £10 to claim £20 free bet credit. Winnings from free bet credit paid into cash balance, minus the free bet credit amount. Match condition for the first three Bet Request received. Any losses from first three Bet Requests covered by free bet credit up to a maximum of £20 in total. | 18+T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk |
BetZest
Licenze
Curacao
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
Matchbook
Licenze
UK Gambling Commissions
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
Skybet
Licenze
Alderney Gambling Control Commission
FIRST SINGLE & E/W BET ONLY. ODDS OF 1/1 OR GREATER. 4 X £5 BET TOKENS. FREE BET STAKES NOT INCLUDED IN RETURNS. FREE BETS ARE NON WITHDRAWABLE. NO FREE BET EXPIRY. ELIGIBILITY RESTRICTIONS. 18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
Bet2u
Licenze
Curacao
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
Karamba
Licenze
Malta Gaming Authority, UK Gambling Commission
New customers only. Max one £10 free bet. Qualifying bets must be placed at odds of 1/1 or greater. Paid as bonus token with min 4/5 odds req. Skrill, Neteller & Paypal not eligible. Real money bets required for Karamba battle. Participants subject to timeout. £1000 Winner cash prize guaranteed. 18+ | | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk
LibraBet
Licenze
Curacao
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
MELbet
Licenze
Curacao
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
Dafabet
Licenze
UK, Isle of Man
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
CasiniaBet
Licenze
Cyprus, Curacao
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
Mobile Wins
Licenze
UK, Malta
New Players Only. Minimum stake £10, minimum odds 1.5, stake not returned. 10X wagering the winnings from the free bet. Wagering occurs from real balance first. Wagering requirement is calculated on bonus bets only, wagering starts from real funds. Free bet is valid for 7 Days from issue. Max conversion: £20. Excluded Skrill deposits. Full Terms apply. | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk
FortuneJack
Licenze
Curacao Gambling Licence
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
Argo
Licenze
Curacao
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
ZigZagSport
Licenze
Curacao
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
Mr. Play
Licenze
UK, Ireland, Sweden, Malta
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
GGbet
Licenze
Curaçao
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
Pin-up
Licenze
Curacao
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
BetOn
Licenze
NGB Uganda
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
Parimatch
Licenze
Curacao
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
Cashpoint
Licenze
Malta Gaming Authority (MGA)
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
Digibet
Licenze
Malta, UK, Finnish
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
Betano
Licenze
Malta
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
CampoBet
Licenze
Curacao
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
ReloadBet
Licenze
Curacao
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
Vbet
Licenze
Malta, Germany
18+ T&C apply | 18+ | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
BetSteve
Licenze
Malta, UK
New Players Only. Minimum stake €/£/$10, minimum odds 1.5, stake not refunded. 10X wagering the winning from the free bet. Wagering occurs from real balance first. Wagering requirement is calculated on bonus bets only wagering stats from real funds. Free bet is valid for 7 Days from issue. Maximum conversion: €/£/$20. Excluded Skrill deposits. 18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
NEO.bet
Licenze
Malta Gaming Authority
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
TonyBet
Licenze
UK, Estonia
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
LeoVegas
Licenze
UK, Malta, Ireland, Denmark
New customers only. Deposit £10 min and claim in ‘my offers' 1x100% mobile in-play profit boost. Max stake £10. Max extra winnings £100. Valid for 30 days. Skrill/Neteller deposits do not qualify. 18+ Full T&Cs apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk
Betsafe
Licenze
UK, Malta, Sweden
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
TornadoBet
Licenze
Curacao
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
RedZone
Licenze
UK Gambling Commission
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
Fansbet
Licenze
MGA, UK Gambling Commission
Valid on first deposit; Deposit using code FBWELS; 6x turnover of deposit + bonus in 90 days; Min. 2 selections at 1.4 min. odds per selection; Terms apply; 18+ | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk
Sportingbet
Licenze
Malta
18+ | New Players only | Min deposit req. £10; excludes deposits via PayPal | Mx stake £10 | Min Odds 1/1 (2.0) | Max FreeBet £10 | Excl Horse Raxing | T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
Bet3000
Licenze
Malta Gaming Authority
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
SportPesa
Licenze
UK Gambling Commission
Available to New Players only | Min Stake £10 | Applies to Single & Combo Bets only | Your Bets, Pulse Bets & System Bets are excluded | Bonus Token applies to first settled bet Bonus Token applies to losing bets only | Max Bonus Token £10 | Bonus Token valid for 5 days | No E-Wallets | 18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
Betmaster
Licenze
Curaçao
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
Topbet
Licenze
Curacao
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
GreatOdds
Licenze
Curacao
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
Energybet
Licenze
United Kingdom, Malta
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
NordicBet
Licenze
Malta Gaming Authority
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
Interwetten
Licenze
Malta
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
KTO
Licenze
Curacao
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
Vie.gg
Licenze
Curacao
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
Sponsiobet
Licenze
MGA & UKGC
New Players Only. Minimum stake €/£/$10, minimum odds 1.5, stake not refunded. 10X wagering the winning from the free bet. Wagering occurs from real balance first. Wagering requirement is calculated on bonus bets only wagering starts from real funds. Free bet is valid for 7 Days from issue. Maximum conversion: €/£/$20. Excluded Skrill deposits. 18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
Ruby Bet
Licenze
Malta, UK
New Players Only. Minimum stake £/€10 minimum odds 1.5, stake not refunded. 10X wagering the winning from the free bet. Wagering occurs from real balance first. Wagering requirement is calculated on bonus bets only wagering starts from real funds. Free bet is valid for 7 Days from issue. Maximum conversion: £/€20. Excluded Skrill deposits. 18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
Evobet
Licenze
Curacao
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
BetWinner
Licenze
Curacao
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
Quinnbet
Licenze
UK Gambling Commission
No Deposit Free Bet! Plus 50% Back of First Day Sportsbook Losses up to £25 Or a Guaranteed £5 Free Bet when you Bet £10. UK Customers | Coupon code 'BET' | £5 Free Bet provided you place at least 1 bet of £10 or greater at minimum odds 2.00 | (18+) T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
Rizk
Licenze
UK, Malta
New customers only. Min. £10 dep. 100% up to £50 in Bonus. Neteller/Skrill excl. Max. bonus £50. Wagering 40x on bonus amount within 30 days. Bonus max. bet £5. Spins paid 10/day on Book of Dead and valid for 24 hours. Game weighting and T&C apply | 18+ | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
Football Index
Licenze
Jersey & UK Gambling Commission
New customers only. Min. deposit £10. Max. refund of up to £500 to be claimed within 7 days of first deposit. Offer runs from 01/10/20 until 31/10/20. 18+ only. Account required. UK only. Additional T&Cs apply. Please gamble responsibly. | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk
SpinSports
Licenze
Malta, Curacao
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
Favbet
Licenze
Curacao
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
Sportsbet.io
Licenze
Curaçao
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
BetOnline
Licenze
Panama
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
Exclusive Offer
Betboro
Licenze
UK Gambling Commission
New customers only. First deposit with Debit Card (Wirecard) only. First bet must be accumulator bet, min. 3 Sportsbook events (min. £5) to qualify, must settle within 14 days. Odds of (3/5 / 1.6) or higher for each selection. Free Bet will be 100% matched amount of first bet placed (max. £25). Non-withdrawable and valid for 14 days, T&Cs apply. | 18+| begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk
LuckyBet
Licenze
Curaçao
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
WagerWeb
Licenze
Costa Rica
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
Goalbet
Licenze
Curacao
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
Tipwin
Licenze
Malta Gaming Authority
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
TigerGaming
Licenze
Curacao
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
Bet9
Licenze
Curaçao
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
IviCasino
Licenze
Curacao
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
Bet On Aces
Licenze
UK & MGA
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
BetPhoenix
Licenze
Curacao, Costa Rica
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
Nairabet
Licenze
National Lottery Regulatory Commission
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
BonkersBet
Licenze
Curacao Gaming Authority
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
Paf
Licenze
Åland Islands, Estonia, Latvia, Spain, Sweden
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
Legolas
Licenze
Malta Gaming Authority
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | Play Responsibly
Bet9ja
Licenze
Nigeria
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
Svenbet
Licenze
Curacao
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
Pinnacle
Licenze
Curacao, Malta
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
BetJOE
Licenze
Curacao
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
PWR.bet
Licenze
UK Gambling Commission, Malta
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
Buff.bet
Licenze
Curacao
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
MustardBet
Licenze
United Kingdom
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly
Toals
Licenze
UK Gambling Commission
18+ T&C apply | begambleaware.org | gamstop.co.uk | Play Responsibly

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How important is the license for a given bookmaker?

A betting licence is a guarantee that an operator is regulated, and their products are monitored by gambling authorities. It is possible for a bookmaker to have a licence from more than one country as they fall under different jurisdictions.

When a bookmaker gets a licence, they are free to operate and offer all of their services and games online legally. Operators become legit and can now accept customers. The licence may be issued by various institutions and bodies. For example, some countries have something called the National Gambling Commission that issues licences to different bookmakers and monitors their activity.

Unlike legal betting sites, bookies without a licence in a given jurisdiction won’t be able to operate. There are exceptions, of course. However, punters need to bear in mind that if an issue arises between them and an operator without a licence, no authority will be able to help them resolve it.

All online bookmakers need a licence in order to stay in the gambling business. Some of them have only one licence, whereas others have valid documents from different countries.


Who grants the bookmakers licences around the world?

Each country has its own licensing commission that is responsible for issuing a licence and monitoring the activity of the bookmakers. Usually, bookies that have a permit from a given commission can be found on the commissions’ websites.

In order for a company to obtain a licence, it has to fulfil certain conditions. In most cases, it has to file an application, provide the necessary documents, and pay the needed fees. Once the bookmaker gets its licence, apart from promoting its services in the given country, it can also sponsor teams and events.

There are many gambling commissions around the world. However, the most notable ones are based in Europe:

  • United Kingdom Gambling Commission
  • Malta Gambling Authority
  • Gibraltar Gaming Commission
  • Swedish Gambling Authority
  • Curacao Gambling Commission

In addition to these, there are other countries that also regulate gambling activities and issue licences, including Germany, Estonia, Spain, Italy, France, Finland, and more.


Why should we choose licensed bookmakers?

It is definitely not advisable to play on online betting and gaming websites that don’t have any licence whatsoever. This means that there is no authority to regulate and monitor their products. All top bookmakers need to be in possession of at least one valid license. It’s even better if it is issued from a renowned commission.

The big plus of betting on a website that has a licence from the country you’re in is that you can always ask the commission for help if there are any problems. This is great because you will have someone to raise a complaint to if the bookie violates some of the terms and conditions that you agreed to upon registering.

At the end of the day, avoid betting on websites that have no licence because this may jeoperdise your betting sessions.


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