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Britain’s Online Gambling Hopes Dashed Offshore
"Britain’s aspiration to become a world hub for online gambling
operations has been called into question with the revelation that
existing UK online sports books are considering moving offshore.
"The UK government had hoped that its new regulatory environment,
which will offer online casinos and poker rooms licences in exchange for
meeting consumer protection conditions, would have the added benefit of
luring operators to move to British soil.
"…It was believed that existing UK online sports betting companies
would take the opportunity to repatriate their businesses, which
previously could not be UK-based.
"…In a reversal of fortune, some British medium-sized online sports
books have hired Global Betting and Gaming Consultants (GBGC) to
investigate the merits of moving offshore.
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