The Gambling Commission of the United Kingdom is the only place that prospective casinos within the country can go to obtain a license to allow them to start offering gambling games to players, whether that be online or offline. The organisation seeks to ensure that those offering facilities for gambling, or working in the gambling industry, are suitable to do so. All casinos, sports books, lotteries and other games associated with the gambling sector must adhere to the three major objectives of the Gambling Act 2005. These are:
- The prevention of gambling from being a source of crime or disorder, being associated with such, or being used to support crime
- Ensuring that gambling is conducted in a fair and open way
- The protection of children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling.
Further to this, anyone looking to obtain a licence to enable them the opportunity to offer games will be assessed on five separate items. These are:
- Identity and ownership – the full identity of the person(s) wishing to receive the operating licence need to provide full details.
- Finances – the financial history of the applicant(s) relevant to the application.
- Integrity – the honesty and trustworthiness of the applicant(s)
- Competence – the experience and expertise, as well as qualifications and history of the applicant(s)
- Criminality – the criminal record of the person(s) applying for a licence.
The objectives of the Gambling Commission must be adhered to at all times, and so regular checks on the status of an online gaming platform are carried out to ensure this.