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How does GamStop Work in the United Kingdom?

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Over 36.6 million gamblers live in the United Kingdom and all of them love to gamble on a regular basis. For those who are at risk of gambling addiction, platforms such GamStop have been developed. This is a network that makes gambling impossible using the self-exclusion period. It is the most popular platform of this kind in the UK. But, how does it actually work?

How and Where GamStop Works?

Now when you know what GamStop is, we need to explain how to use it. Luckily this is extremely simple and there are no complicated steps or anything similar. Basically, you need an internet connection and a few minutes of your time. This is just one of many reasons why some players use the platform in question. Anyway, before using it you need to know the next things.

Registration in GamStop

The first step is to register at the platform. The process is straightforward and there are no additional steps here. Yes, you will need to provide personal information. Once you are done with registration, you can choose the period of self-exclusion. This is basically a time frame in which your account will be present at GamStop and you won’t be able to gamble at casinos. You can choose any period you feel comfortable with. Keep in mind that you cannot remove self-exclusion until it expires. Only then you can remove it and continue gambling.

Access To UKGC-Licensed Operators

Keep in mind that GamStop is mandatory for all casinos that have a UKGC license. This acronym stands for United Kingdom Gambling Commission and in order for a casino to get it, one of many conditions is to accept GamStop. As such, most popular casinos in the country have this exclusion present. In simple words, it is impossible for a casino to have a UKGC license but not to offer GamStop.

In addition, UKGC has many other regulations and restrictions that may have a negative effect on gambling. For instance, now you can’t use credit cards to deposit funds or withdraw your balance from UKGC casinos. This is one of the biggest issues for most gamblers.

Appearance of Non-GamStop Casinos

The next thing you need to remember is that there are online casinos not using GamStop services and available for self-excluded players. These are sites that obviously don’t have a UKGC license and they are not present in the United Kingdom. But, you can still visit them and play games here. An interesting fact is that you can gamble at these sites even if you have a self-exclusion period from GamStop. After all, they are not members of the network, hence they can accept all players.

This is an interesting method if you want to gamble despite your self-seclusion period. We must add that the casinos of this kind are still safe. They do have a license, just not from the UKGC. In most cases, the license is given by eGaming from Curacao. What this means is that all players have all the rights and the casino offers fair gambling. There are plenty of advantages though!

Final Result of The Scheme

Once you are done with the registration at GamStop and you have selected the length of the self-seclusion period, all sites that support GamStop will become unavailable for you. The goal here is to get time during which you can work on your gambling addiction and solve the problem. Once you are ready, your self-exclusion will expire, you can remove the ban and continue gambling like you used to.

Don’t forget that all gambling and all sports betting sites that support this platform will become unavailable. There are no exceptions. There is no way you can remove the self-exclusion before the due date. Although the mission and the purpose of GamStop is appealing for some, it can be a nightmare for players who accidentally have created the account here, not understanding the GamStop completely.


GamStop is a platform designed and used by players with gambling addiction or any gambling issue. For players who play responsibly and enjoy gambling, there is no need to use it. If you have accidentally created the account here, you can only gamble in the real world (GamStop effects online gambling only) or play at casinos that do not support GamStop.


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    • Edmonde Barstaple

      That is I guess for the organizations that provide access to gambling, right? Well, as a user I would appreciate that in the U.S. too. I will check out as it is the main provider for casino reviews online. But if you mean that every bettor should go and register somewhere, this will not pass, I can assure you.

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