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Guts no longer taking uk sports bets

Discussion in 'Sportsbook Information' started by paul7388, Oct 28, 2014.

    Oct 28, 2014
  1. paul7388

    paul7388 Meister Member MM

    not a lot
    glasgow scotland
    Just had an email saying as from tomorrow guts is no longer taking sports bets from uk players.

    Was a bit surprised as I would have thought their licence would have covered both casino and sports.

    I know it will not affect everyone but I liked having the option of football bets on same account as casino. Seems it's getting harder to get a good casino and sports together.
  2. Oct 28, 2014
  3. vinylweatherman

    vinylweatherman You type well loads CAG MM

    STILL At Leisure
    United Kingdom
    This does puzzle me as it goes against the idea that it's the operator that has to get the licence, not individual games or products. Maybe it's two different subsidiary companies that are being used, one for sports, and one for casino, and only the casino subsidiary has the licence.

    I see this work the other way round with many UK high street names, where their sports has always run under a UK licence, but the casino has been run by a subsidiary company based in Malta or Gibraltar.

    This was well illustrated with the notorious Betfair fiasco. The casino was based offshore, but the sportsbook was running under a UK licence. This didn't stop easy transfers from sports to casino by players. When it came to taking action to recover confiscated winnings, what made the biggest difference was whether the money was removed from the casino, or the UK licenced sportbook wallet. Where it was from the sportsbook, Betfair caved at the threat of court action knowing that it would be the UK licenced sportsbook that would be the defendant, and they felt that what they did would not fly under UK laws in a UK court. With the casino, they were able to require that the action took place in their offshore licencing jurisdiction, which presumably had been chosen due to it's laws being more business friendly.

    UK players may see more of this, possibly finding that the casino part of some well known UK facing sports betting sites becomes closed to them.

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