British Institute of Regulatory Affairs
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The British Institute of Regulatory Affairs was established with the sole aim of ensuring that all land based and online and mobile gambling related companies who are based in, and/or offer their services to players of the United Kingdom, operate within the legal boundaries as dictated by the UK Government.
By applying for a license to operate and offering their services to UK based gamblers any company applying for a British Institute of Regulatory Affairs gambling license must adhere to the very robust set of terms of operation dictated by this regulatory authority in regards to both gambling compliance and gambling regulation.
Below we have a complete overview of how the British Institute of Regulatory Affairs vet license applicants and also we have a roundup of the ways in which they oversee the day to day operation of each license holder.
Types of Gaming Licenses
There are three main types of gaming licenses that can be granted by the British Institute of Regulatory Affairs, and below you will find an overview of what those licenses are and who or what they cover.
Licensed Premises – Many pubs, clubs and other venues are permitted to have a certain number of gaming machines. However each venue must hold a gaming permit and each individual gaming machine much also have its own gambling license.
Remote Gaming Licenses – A remote gambling license is issued when a gambling company is offering any type of gambling games or services which are not carried out by the player or gambler in the premises of the company holding such a license. As such these types of gambling licenses cover all online and mobile gambling related sites.
Personal Gaming Licenses – In some situations a named individual working for a gambling company may be required to hold a gambling license, and if so then that person will need to go through an individual vetting procedure to ensure they have no criminal convictions and are deemed to be suitable for the job they are holding or applying for.
Appling for a UK Gambling Licence
When an individual or a company applies for a British Institute of Regulatory Affairs gaming licence there are a range of stringent checks performed on that individual or company. Below you will find the main checks which are performed during the application process to determine whether an individual or company is of the standard required to be issued with such a license.
Director Background Checks – All of the listed company Directors of any organisation or company that is applying for a gambling license must be named and detailed background checks will be undertaken on each of those named Directors.
Company Financial Standing – All player deposits must be kept in a segregated bank account which is ring fenced from the bank accounts for the day to day running of any gambling site, and all bank
accounts will be audited regularly too to ensure the company has enough available finds and cash flow to operate their sites effectively.
Operation of Fair Games – All of the gambling games offered by any licensed site must be tested and independently certified as being completely random and fair before going live. The expected payout percentages or house edges of those games must also be displayed on the gambling sites website.
Know-Your-Customer Requirements – All companies offering any type of gambling games or gambling services must make checks so that they can identify each customer they have. This could be done via electronic means or by requesting identification documents from their customers.
Complaints Procedure – All licensed companies and premises must have in place a complaints procedure, In the event of a customer not being able to get their complaint addressed then an independent company or organisation must be offered to any customer so their complaint can be addressed.
Land Based Gambling Venues
In regards to the range and type of land based venues that can be granted a British Institute of Regulatory Affairs licence to operate, we have listed all of them below. The type of gambling activities that can be undertaken at some of these venues and licensed premises can be wide and varied however their gambling licence granted will cover all different forms of gambling.
Amusement Arcades – Both adult only and general amusement arcades need to be licensed and will also be required to operate machines on a certain stake and with jackpots not exceeding current limits as dictated by the British Institute of Regulatory Affairs.
Bingo Halls and Clubs – Bingo Clubs and Halls can be granted both a license for cash bingo games and also gaming machines too. The opening times of these venues are also strictly controlled as are the stakes and prizes offered on all gaming machines.
Casinos – When a land based casino applies for a gambling licence they will be permitted to operate a maximum number of gaming machines and table games, on which both the stakes and prizes on offer must fall within and not exceed permitted levels.
Betting Shops and Offices – Betting shops and offices will be covered to take bets on any event by their gambling license and will be permitted to operate no more than four Foxed Odds Betting Terminals or FOBT's as they are known.
Gaming Machine Licenses – Any company that supplies gaming machines to any premises will also need to be licensed to supply those gaming machines, and each venue operating those gaming machines will also be required to be fully licensed too.
British Institute of Regulatory Affairs Licensed Sites
There are quite a number of different gambling related sites that are licensed and fully regulated by the British Institute of Regulatory Affairs, and below you will find each individual category of site.
Be aware that the remote gambling licenses that are issued to such sites can cover both an online or mobile gambling site or a mix of both sites if they are operated by the same company granted such a license.
Sportsbook and Bookmakers – In addition to any land based gambling license a sportsbook or bookmaker related company may already hold to offer their services to online and mobile sports bettors and gambling they will also be required to obtain a remote gambling licence too.
Casino Sites – Casinos sites come under the gambling compliance and gambling regulation of the British Institute of Regulatory Affairs and each casino must adhere to some very stringent rules and regulations in regards to the fairness of the games available.
Bingo Sites – Many Bingo sites are operated by companies also offering casino sites and/or betting sites, however their one remote gambling license will cover all of the gambling games and gambling services they have on offer to their customers.
Poker Rooms – Poker sites offering both free play and real money poker games and poker tournaments will also need to apply for and be granted with a licence to offer their games and services to UK based players.
Games and Lottery Sites – Both general games sites and also lottery sites can be granted with a remote license to operate. By doing so each site must adhered to the requirements laid down by the British Institute of Regulatory Affairs in regards to the operation of their sites and the types of games or lotteries they offer their customers.
Benefits of Gambling at a UK Licensed Site
If you are a UK based gambling who is interested in signing up to one of the growing number of online or mobile gambling sites that have now been granted a full gaming license and operates in line with the British Institute of Regulatory Affairs gambling compliance and gambling regulation remit, then below are some of the benefits that will be afforded to you when you do so.
Fair and Random Games – All of the game made available to players, whether bingo, poker, casino or any other game of chance will have been verified and certified as being completely random, fair and true. The real money and free play games must also play to the exact same payout percentages and house edges as each other, with no increase payouts for the free to access and play games.
Prompt Payment of Winnings – Players who have been verified by the Know Your Customer requirements will then be able to benefit from prompt and timely winning payouts from any gambling sites licensed. Different payout options however can and will vary in regards to the amount to time you will need to wait to get paid out your winnings.
Licensed and Regulated – By playing at any site holding a British Institute of Regulatory Affairs issued licence you will be playing at site that adheres to a robust and very strict code of conduct.
Official Complaints Procedure – If you ever run into any type of problems at a UK licensed gambling site then there will be a complaints procedure in place to enable you to get your complaint addressed quickly and in line with both the company policy at that site and the British Institute of Regulatory Affairs gambling compliance and gambling regulation requirements.