The landscape of online gaming has changed for the better following a decision by the British government to introduce new legislation regulating the rapidly growing market of online casinos. The number of online casinos has risen greatly in recent years, led by an explosive growth in the popularity of casino games such as roulette and baccarat. Many of these online roulette and baccarat houses are unlicensed and underregulated, something which the British government hopes to alter.
As of November 1st of 2014, online casino operators must provide a link to the public register that details their licensing status with the country’s Gambling Commission. More than 150 online betting and gambling sites have already applied for a government licence, but some operators have decided to abandon the British market to avoid the need for a licence.
Online roulette, baccarat and other game operators must meet a number of stringent conditions to qualify for a license, including meeting a code of practice to ensure that all gaming is carried out fairly and transparently. Another condition is a series of protections to safeguard players’ accounts from losses due to fraud or technical malfunctions. Online casino operators must also submit their roulette, baccarat, poker and other games to third-party testing to guarantee they are not rigged in any way.
British gamblers welcomed the news, which is seen as a necessary step toward a more trustworthy playing environment. Some roulette and baccarat operators have been accused of foul play or even outright theft, and account protections and third-party fairness testing will, it is hoped, clean the market of any illegitimate or fraudulent operators. The exponential rise in the number of online casinos has regulators struggling to catch up, as more and more Britons start to enjoy casino games like roulette and baccarat online rather than at the bookmakers.