This week the UK Gambling Commission announced that they've published a series of new rules for online betting operators that will require them to verify ages and identities in a more timely manner.
Under the old rules, casinos could allow punters to deposit and bet for up to 72 hours while they conducted age and identity checks. If the identification couldn't be confirmed, funds were returned to punters. The new rules wouldn't allow punters to even deposit or play with bonus funds while the checks are being conducted. At a minimum, the casino would have to verify the name, address, and date of birth of the new customer.
The move is being done to crack down on money laundering and underage bettors, both of which have grown in prominence over the last several years.
Commenting on the new rules UKGC CEO Neil McArthur said, "These changes will protect children and the vulnerable from gambling-related harm, and reduce the risk fo crime linked to gambling. They will also make gambling fairer by helping consumers collect their winnings without unnecessary delay."
The new rules will be effective on May 7th.