Betting Online Abroad - The Ultimate Guide (2017 Update)
Having trouble betting online abroad? In this article we explain why you may be blocked in the first place, a step-by-step solution on how to bypass the block as well as some important warnings.
Betting Online Abroad
Whether it’s from a desktop computer, laptop, tablet or mobile device, betting online in the UK has become extremely accessible to the extent that we may even take it for granted. However, this is not necessarily the case when travelling abroad.
Why Am I Blocked In The First Place
Before we explain how to bypass the gambling blocks, it is important for you to understand why you have been blocked to begin with.
Online gambling sites have to apply for licences in countries they wish to operate in and obey the gambling laws within those countries. In countries where a site does not have the necessarily licences, you will not be able to place a bet.
Now you’re probably wondering, how do they know what country you are in?
Well, when connecting to the internet, you are assigned an IP Address – essentially a unique string of numbers used to identify you and your location. Online sites use this IP address to determine whether you are authorised to bet from the location you are currently in.
With this mind, it is advised to check with your bookmaker which territories they are available in before travelling. Don’t sweat though, should they not be available in the country you are travelling to, there is a solution.
How To Access Betting Sites Abroad
Here’s how to access betting sites using a VPN (Virtual Private Network):
- Download Tunnel Bear (it’s free).
- Create an account and log in.
- Change the location of your server.
- You should now be able to access online betting sites.
No content in this article should be taken as legal advice – rather purely as a guide. While the above method works, altering your IP Address may breach the terms and conditions of your bookmaker who as such, have the power to revoke any winnings (for smaller bets it shouldn’t be much of an issue) so follow at your own risk.
In conclusion, due to certain restrictions, accessing online betting sites abroad can be difficult although not impossible. As outlined above, you have the option of using a VPN and whilst it is unlikely that the site you are using will know, it is important to bare in mind the risks. Alternatively, you can find a bookmaker that is available in the country you are visiting so you can bet with peace of mind.