Internet Gambling Companies Banned From Advertising in the UK

no tvAlderney and Isle of Man are in; everyone else is out. If you own an Internet gambling website outside of these jurisdictions and Great Britain proper, you can no longer advertise the gambling site in the UK beginning September 1.

Around one thousand gambling websites face being banned from advertising in the UK following a government crackdown.

Regulations to be laid before Parliament today use new powers to ban gambling adverts from companies operating outside the European Economic Area (EEA).

In a statement, the Department for Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS) said jurisdictions who wanted to be exempt from the ban had to pass a stringent assessment of their regulatory standards.

The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, James Purnell, has rejected applications to join the exempted ‘white list’ from Alexander (Canadian Reservation), Netherlands Antilles and Tasmania. Applications from Kahnawake and Antigua are still being considered.

Gambling operators in jurisdictions that did not apply to be white listed, including major online gambling centres like Costa Rica and Belize, are also automatically banned from the beginning of September.

And its not just the Caribbean North American focused websites like Bodog and PokerStars that will be affected. William Hill, Interpoker and other big name British books are currently operating outside the imposed zones.

Purnell said the fact that only Alderney and Isle of Man were granted a place on the white list demonstrated ‘how tough the Gambling Act is’.

The ban will apply to all forms of gambling advertising from excluded jurisdictions, including TV, radio, newspapers, magazines, taxis, buses, the tube and some websites.