UK Live Casinos

Regulation for UK Live Casinos

Since 2015 the UK Gaming Market became regulated, covering betting on Sports, Horse Racing, Poker, Bingo, Casino, Lottery & online UK Live Casinos.  

The UK Gambling Commission made it a requirement that any operator who transacts with or advertises to British Residents requires a gaming licence.

Furthermore, Operators can only use software and games from businesses that have also been registered with the UK Gambling Commission.

Just before the licensing was introduced a Consumption Tax of 15% of gross profit was implemented.

The Impact of Regulation

The net result of these two changes saw loads of Casino Operators leave the UK market. The ones that wished to remain had to apply for a licence and pay the Tax.

The regulations were introduced to provide greater player protection, but there are some that suggest it’s just another cash cow for the government.

If you’re a UK resident and play online you will have noticed some of the regulations creeping into the casino operations. While this list is not exhaustive (you can read more on the commissions’ website), it will give you a flavour of the changes:

  • Stricter rules for KYC (Know your Customer)
  • The removal of auto spins features on slot machines.
  • Making it easier for players to self-exclude from playing.
  • To set deposit limits.
  • The ability to set play time reminders.

Is the change positive?

I’d say Yes. Regulation has to be a good thing if there is a central body deciding on a set of rules and then monitoring them.

While not everyone was a fan as some of the well-known brands just disappeared we have seen the regulations in action.

A number of operators have had their licenses suspended and fines dished out for non-compliance.

There is also a better framework in place for dealing with player complaints, with the development of a network of independent arbitrators being formed to provide this service.

Unfortunately, since the introduction, there have been a number of online casinos that have gone out of business.

Whilst the regulations required casinos to ring fence players monies for this very issue, the reality of being able to payout was different and most players lost their money. 

UK Live Casinos for British Players

Not all Live Casino suppliers have UK Licenses. British players are therefore restricted to games from the operators below.

  • Evolution Gaming – 8 Live Games streamed from Studios in Riga and Malta.
  • Extreme Live Gaming – 3 Live Games streamed from studios in Brentford, London.
  • MediaLive – 3 Live Games streamed from studios in Gibraltar.
  • Playtech – 7 Games streamed from studios in Latvia & Philippines.
  • NetEnt – 2 Games streamed from studios in Malta.

The UK market is something that I know the most about.

I’ve lived in the UK all my life and as you’ll see from my About page I have a real interest in Land Based and live casinos.

There are some casinos that don’t hold a UK License still targeting UK players. Most are based offshore and pay no tax to the government.

It’s not illegal to play at these sites, in fact, I have some of the more reputable ones listed on this site.

It’s up to the Commission to go after these casinos and censure them if they’re able.

So in my experience these are the best UK Live Casinos currently providing live casino games to UK residents.

Casino Stakes Dedicated
Tables
Software Bonus Countries
Accepted
Play
Blackjack £3 – £5k
Baccarat £1 – £2.5k
Roulette £0.10 – £50k
Casino Hold Em £0.50-£2.5k
3 Card Poker £1.00 – £10k
Caribbean Stud Poker £1 – £3k
Ultimate Texas Holdem £0.50 – £500.
Dreamcatcher £0.10 – £1k.
Yes Evolution £20 no deposit for land based customers
£20 deposit bonus of £20
Up to £500 cash back in the 1st month
Bonuses cannot be used on Live Casino though.

No

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Blackjack 0.50 – 500
Roulette 0.10 – 50k
Baccarat 5 – 500
Casino Hold’em 1 – 50
3 Card Poker 1 – 300
Caribbean Stud Poker 1 – 250
Ultimate Texas Hold’em 0.50 – 250
Dreamcatcher 0.10 – 1k
Yes Evolution 100% Welcome bonus up to £1000. Casino Hold’em not included.

No

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Blackjack £0.50 – £5k
Baccarat £1 – £35k
Roulette £0.50 – £75k
Casino Hold Em £0.50 – £7.5k.
3 Card Poker £1 – £10k.
Caribbean Stud Poker £1 – £3k.
Ultimate Texas Holdem £0.50 – £500.
Dreamcatcher £0.10 – £2.5k.
Yes Evolution
Extreme Live Gaming
NetEnt
4 Deposit Bonuses matched up to £1500.

No

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Blackjack £1 – £7,500
Baccarat £5 – £5,000
Roulette £0.10 – £10000
Casino Hold’em £1- £50
Sic Bo £1 – £1000
Hi-Lo £1 – £1000
3 Card Brag £5 – £500
Yes Playtech Play with £10, get £10.

No

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Blackjack £5 – £5k
Baccarat £1 – £10k
Roulette £0.10 – £1k
Casino Hold Em £1- £3k
3 Card Poker £1 – £3k
Caribbean Stud Poker £1 – £3k
Yes Evolution 1st Deposit – 100% match up to £250
2nd Deposit – 25% Match up to £250
3rd Deposit – 50% Match up to £500.

No

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Blackjack 0.50 – 10k
Roulette 0.10 – 500k
Baccarat 1 – 25k
Casino Hold’em 0.50 – 7.5k
3 Card Poker 1 – 10k
Caribbean Stud Poker 1 – 3k
Ultimate Texas Hold’em 1 – 1k
Dreamcatcher 0.10 – 2.5k
Yes Evolution
Playtech
Deposit more than £25, turn over 8 times to claim £25.

No

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Bet365 Blackjack £5 – £300
Baccarat £2.50 – £150
Roulette £0.25 – £25
Casino Hold Em £0.50 – £50
Sic Bo £5 – £200
Hi Lo – £1 – £10
3 Card Brag £2 -£50
Yes Playtech 100% up to £100
Minimum £10 Deposit to qualify

No

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Blackjack £5 – £5k
Baccarat £1 – £2k
Roulette £1.00 – £100k
Casino Hold Em £0.50 – £4k
3 Card Poker £1.00 – £10k
Caribbean Stud Poker £1 – £3k.
Ultimate Texas Hold’em £1 – £1k.
Dreamcatcher £0.10 – £5k.
Yes Evolution
NetEnt
100% Welcome bonus up to £200

No

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BetVictor Blackjack £5 – £2.5k
Baccarat £10 – £15k
Roulette £0.10 – £50k
Casino Holdem £0.50 – £1.5k
3 Card Poker £1 – £10k
Caribbean Stud Poker £1 – £1.5k
Ultimate Texas Hold’em £0.50 – £500.
Yes Evolution
Extreme Live Gaming
Wager £500 and you will get £25 back.
Wager another £1500 and you get £50 back.
Wager another £3000 and you get £100 back.

No

Play now
Blackjack £5 – £5k
Baccarat £1 – £10k
Roulette £0.10 – £1k
Casino Hold’em £1 – £3k
3 Card Poker £1.00 – £5k
Ultimate Texas Hold’em £0.50 – £500
Caribbean Stud Poker £1 – £1.5k
Dreamcatcher £0.10 – £10k.
Yes Evolution 100% Welcome Bonus up to £25 with 35 x wagering requirements.

No

Play now
Blackjack £0.50 – £5k
Baccarat £1 – £10k
Roulette £0.50 – £75k
Casino Hold Em £0.50 – £1.5k.
3 Card Poker £1 – £2.5k.
Caribbean Stud Poker £1 – £1k.
Ultimate Texas Holdem £0.50 – £250.
Dreamcatcher £0.10 – £2.5k.
No Evolution
Authentic Gaming
NetEnt
10% Cash Back or 100% match up to £300.

No

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