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From 7 May operators will be required to verify a customer’s age before they can deposit money or access free-play games, and verify their name, address and date of birth before they can gamble.
At present, online gambling businesses have been allowed 72 hours to carry out age verification checks. The operator cannot permit customers to withdraw winnings until age verification has been completed and must return stakes if the person is found to be underage.
But to guard against the risk of children gambling, new rules that comes into effect on 7 May, mean operators must verify customer age before the customer can: