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Is it legal to gamble online in the UK?

While more than 80% of Australians enjoy casino games legally, gambling in South Korea can get you in jail.

China and the US have strict regulations for the industry, often allowing very few gambling sites in each state.

By contrast, the UK has been reaping the benefits of online gambling for more than 15 years. Not only is it legal to gamble online in the UK, but it is also a part of the region’s sports culture. Visit any top premier league football club. There are banners, ads and sponsorship-related promotions from betting companies.

Why is online gambling legal in the UK and illegal in the US? Find out below, including how Britain ensures it leads the world in providing gambling related services.


Nektan (LON:NKTN) is an international B2B and white label gaming software and services provider, operating in the regulated, interactive real money gaming (RMG) space, delivering original and innovative solutions to commercial organisations that have established online audiences.

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