Playing Online Bingo Using Credit Cards in the UK

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14 Dec, 2022

The United Kingdom Gambling Commission has announced that it will ban online gambling platforms from offering credit cards as means of payment.

Unfortunately, the use of credit cards has been banned as a means to get funds to online bingo sites in an effort to combat problem gambling. 

The United Kingdom Gambling Commission has announced that it will ban online gambling platforms from offering credit cards as means of payment.

Gamblingcommission.gov.uk

That means you will no longer be able to play bingo online on credit and instead need to resort to alternative payment solutions that require proof of funds to top up your account. 

The ban came into effect after a review of the gambling commission, which came to the following discovery.

Separate research undertaken by the Commission shows that 22% of online gamblers using credit cards to gamble are classed as problem gamblers – with more at some risk of harm.  The research was conducted online by Populus and covered a representative sample of c.2000 adults, of whom c.150 had reported using a credit card to gamble online.

Gambling Participation Research

While many comparison sites still advertise “bingo sites that accept credit cards”, the truth is that you can not use such anymore in the United Kingdom.

An alternative way to get money onto bingo sites using credits would be to top up a third-party account (e-wallets) with it and then transfer your funds to the bingo platform from there.

But we haven’t tested whether any e-wallets allow top-ups through credit cards, so the research will up to you. 

Then, there are payment processors like Klarna who allow you to top up and pay later, but we unfortunately couldn’t find any bingo sites in our database that accept this payment method.

So, using your credit card to play bingo online for real money is very inconvenient and may be impossible. 

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I am Max and have a special interest in everything related to online gambling, but especially online poker. I have been working in the field for over ten years and love writing about my experiences.