William Hill to Prevent Credit Card Gambling in Ireland

Reports have emerged in Ireland that from tomorrow (Wednesday, 16 February), William Hill will be banning the use of credit cards for online betting in the country.

There are several major gambling operators that openly accept credit card payments from players, in contravention of the Irish Safer Gambling Code. However, many operators that claim not to accept credit card payments do so through third party solutions such as Revolut and Apple Pay.


The Irish Bookmakers Association, the authority that put forward the anti-credit card rules, has said that it doesn’t have the powers to sanction credit card gambling as the practice has not been formally banned by the Irish Government.

It is widely expected that the Irish Government will introduce a new gambling regulator that will have the power to fine betting firms for breaking the law. However, the new regulator is unlikely be to up and running before the end of this year. Once it is, it is widely expected that credit card gambling will be immediately banned.

Earlier in February, both Apple and Google introduced measures that allow Irish betting apps to stop credit card gambling through payment methods such as Apple Pay and Google Pay. However, a number of local gambling operators have ignored the new measures.

Last October, it was reported that free bets will soon be banned in Ireland as part of the new gambling laws and that the regulator will have the power to revoke or suspend gambling licenses. It will also be able to freeze accounts and block payments to providers. However, so far there has been no official word on this.

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