The UK has imposed a ban on the 'auto' slots regime

David Humphrey
Authored by David Humphrey
Posted Wednesday, February 17, 2021 - 10:05am

The British Gambling Industry Regulatory Authority has posted a new document where it has imposed certain restrictions on the activity. The veto was imposed on 4 features of online slots. This comes after talks with members of the public, customers of All Slots online casino and holders of legal gambling businesses. Providers have been given almost a year to apply the changes in accordance with the new rules. The deadline for administrative and criminal liability for evasion is 31 October 2021.  

The following features of gaming slots are prohibited under the new legislation: 

1) Instruments that accelerate gambling or create a fake sense of regulation of the outcome;

2) Audio and video manipulative inserts that create the illusion of controlling winnings when the prize is less than or equal to the bet;

3) Slot spinning, exceeding a time limit of 2.5 seconds;

4) Finally, automatic mode in slots has been banned. 

Apart from the restrictions imposed, the providers need to introduce a few more changes. So, firstly, slot sites in the UK are obliged to show the customer losses and winnings as well as show the duration of each internet slot session. Secondly, the government has vetoed the cancellation of withdrawals from any type of electronic gambling. 

The commission attached an explanation to each ban and other decisions in the document. Auto mode, according to a study by experts, allows the gambler to lose control over the time spent playing the game. This only contributes to an increase in gambling addiction rates. 

The ban on withdrawals has been attributed to the added damage and risk; this procedure also inclines the casino customer to continue playing. The features of the slots that have been restricted increase the intensity of gambling entertainment to varying degrees.  

Many of the newly formed online casinos wish to obtain a compliance license in Britain, as London has long been a kind of hub for virtual gambling. The gambling sites and areas boast both extensive facilities and protection for players and other users.

It is worth recalling that since 2005, some of the amendments to casino-entertainment legislation have been controversial. The UK Gambling Commission, for example, has sanctioned several dozen licences, although they can be obtained by any providers who wish to engage in legal gambling within the jurisdiction.

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