How to access UK gambling sites abroad

Gambling online

The UK has a massive gambling and betting industry. The high street has always had a bookmaker from individual businesses many years ago to huge chain bookies that exist today. Online gambling has also become huge and the UK is at the forefront with it being much more free in terms of legislation compared to many other countries.

Gambling is a national past-time and can range from a yearly flutter on the Grand National, a few pounds on online bingo to full time professional gamblers who make a living off chancing their odds against the bookmakers.

Regardless of what your gambling poison is many of us choose to do our gambling online and when we’re in the UK we think nothing of it, we login, place a bet and that’s it. However, when you’re abroad the situation changes.

If you’ve ever tried to login to your favourite bookmakers, bingo site or other gambling outlet you’ll be slapped with a big juicy message informing you that you’re not allowed to play from your current location.

Gambling Block

Gambling blocks can be a pain.

You’re probably about to give up at this point but never fear, I’m about to show you a simple solution that will let you place bets and gamble while you’re outside the UK on any of your UK gambling accounts.

Why am I blocked in the first place?

To understand how to bypass the gambling blocks you’ve got to understand why you’re blocked in the first place. When you connect to the internet you’re given something called an IP Address. An IP Address is a unique set of numbers to identify you.

When you visit your favourite gambling site the IP Address tells the site where to send all the data. Unfortunately not only does your IP Address allow your internet connection to work but it also allows your physical location to be discovered.

It doesn’t allow your exact address or even street to be known but within a few miles radius. So if you’re outside of the UK there is no escaping it by simply trying to login from your internet connection abroad.

If you want to place a bet abroad or play a betting game then thankfully you can mask your IP Address so you appear as if you’re still in the UK and I’ll explain how below.

Important warning first!

As with anything, there is a bit of a warning. Changing your IP Address is entirely fine and legal, however, most gambling sites require you to actually be in the UK to place a bet or play online gambling games.

By altering your IP Address you may fall foul of their terms and conditions and as such they could revoke any winnings. It’s unlikely and if the winnings are small amounts it’s definitely worth the gamble (excuse the pun!) however if you won a huge amount and they revoked it, it wouldn’t be all that fun.

So while I’m letting you know it’s possible to bet abroad, I’m not suggesting you do and you should understand the risks involved before taking that gamble.

If you’re a gambling man or women which is likely that you are then keep reading and let’s get betting from outside the UK!

How to access UK gambling sites abroad

To mask your IP Address you need some software called a VPN. A VPN allows you to assume the location of any other country. VPN services are provided by many different companies and cost between £3-£6 per month (Approx $5-$10).

Three providers that I recommend for gambling abroad are as follows.

  1. IPVanish
  2. StrongVPN
  3. ExpressVPN

All you need to do is follow one of the links above and sign up to a provider.

Once you’ve signed up you’ll be able to download their free software. This is available for your Windows PC, Mac, Android or iOS so you’ll be able to gamble across multiple devices as long as you can usually access your favourite betting site in the UK on that device. So if your mobile device has an app for the casino or bingo site you use then you’ll still be able to play on that abroad. If you usually play on a laptop or desktop computer that will work too!

Using a VPN is simple, on their software all you have to do is click to connect to a UK server. As soon as you’re connected you can visit your usual gambling sites and instead of being hit with a blocked message you’ll be able to play games, place bets and keep on gambling while abroad.

IPVanish UK Server

Select Ireland like this example picture.

Don’t forget there is a risk involved. While it’s unlikely that the gambling site you use will be able to stop you using a VPN you have to consider if you won a million pounds and then lost it for breaking the Terms & Conditions of the site you’d have no comeback. For small bets though it is probably a risk worth taking!

Good luck and fingers crossed that you win!

  • VPNCompare

    Yes, it would be perfect for unlocking any UK site.

    • Bryan Larkin

      Just so everyone is aware for future reference,
      I had to also download a chrome add on called WebRTC Blocker
      Also I had to configure my router to be set to a google open DNS server to finally be able to be 100% invisible.

      Hope this helps others 🙂

      • VPNCompare

        You shouldn’t use the Google DNS settings. Use a VPN provider that offers their own secure DNS servers.

        The WebRTC block suggestion is useful. Thanks.

        • Bryan Larkin

          Who do you recommend?

          This idea of using google dns setting is from IPVanish themselves!

          • VPNCompare

            If you’re using the IPVanish Windows client then it uses their own secure DNS servers. You can check this at :-

            https://www.dnsleaktest.com

            Compare it with when you’re not connected to the VPN and you should see DNS servers provided by your ISP. Google DNS servers are slightly better than your own ISP DNS servers but Google will log the URLs of the sites you visit just like your ISP would. The secure IPVanish ones won’t which gives greater security.

            It’s not essential for using UK gambling sites but its an added layer of protection.

          • Bryan Larkin

            I was using my IPVanish IP address that it gave me on connection, however my true IP was still visible through my german ISP. Showing me in Holland for some reason, Preventing me from going on a certain betting shop.

            When i flagged this up to IPVanish they said to use the google dns.
            Do you have the DNS setting for a more secure DNS setup?
            at the moment i am using the standard 8.8.8.8.

            Many thanks for your help.
            Bryan

          • VPNCompare

            I see. I think for your use this is a good set-up. The only issue for people who want to remain as private as possible is not to use Google DNS servers because they can log the URLs you access.

            Of course this doesn’t effect accessing the types of sites you’re visiting. It’s probable that the Netherlands connection was due to IPVanishes secure DNS servers.

            In the end if it’s working for you for your purpose then you probably have the best set-up for your needs.

          • Bryan Larkin

            Ok great , thanks for your help.
            I really like this article and its helped me overcome a troubled area i was having.

            If you come across a better , more secure set of DNS setting available in the UK please let me know. I am always worried about how insecure the life of google is, but it is something that is so easy and efficient to use.

            Regards,
            Bryan

      • Antônio

        Hi Bryan,

        Please, how do you made your registration in a UK bookmaker while living in Germany?

        I mean about your address and personal documents (some bookmakers ask for some documents).

        Thank you so much!

  • Sam L.

    Great article and a great discussion!

    I do have one question though. Most betting sites allow one account per IP address. So wouldn’t it be an issue when gambling from abroad if the VPN service provides you with a shared, dynamic ip? Anyone had to deal with anything of that sort?

    • VPNCompare

      You can get VPN services that offer static IP addresses if you wish. Just let me know and I’ll name a few. However, even in the UK your IP address will change regularly as most broadband providers don’t offer static IPs. So it’s possible you could end up with the same IP another user has already been assigned in the past.

  • Cree Zuckis

    Hi, great article. Can you help name a few vpn service providers that offer static IP addresses please? Thanks

    • VPNCompare

      Are you looking for a provider you can get a static IP address dedicated just for yourself? Or just a static IP address that could be in use by other users but that you’re able to get on every connection.

      If the latter then VPN.ac do static IP addresses for their servers, you would need to connect directly via their config files to the same server each time.

      • Cree Zuckis

        I think it will probably be the latter. That being said, would you happen to know any that I could use if I needed a dedicated one to myself pls? Thanks for all your help.

        • VPNCompare

          LiquidVPN can do you a dedicated server if you’re a professional gambler but it’s not a cheap set-up, you would need to contact them to discuss prices.

          • Cree Zuckis

            I see. Thanks.

  • Nitin Nagpal

    Hi, i wish to know if i use IPVANISH from india, will i be able to use bet365 to avail their 100% bonus offer which is no longer available in india now

    • VPNCompare

      I can’t specifically answer this question. If you want to connect to an Indian Bet365 and get a bonus that is no longer available in India then it is unlikely.

      If you want to connect to another countries Bet365 such as UK then you probably will get the bonus, but you’ll likely need a UK payment account and details to sign-up in the first place.

  • Nitin Nagpal

    also when i tried using hotshield(vpn) it worked just then and when the signup was successful thereafter the flash sought of quit working. is it because i was using their (hotshield) free demo version.?

    • VPNCompare

      I wouldn’t say 100% it was because of this, although you have to remember free VPN services are used by thousands and thousands of people because they’re free. This means there might of been hundreds of people using the same connection at Bet365 or other sites which would make the company suspicious and likely cancel accounts as it would look like the same person signing up over and over again.

  • ahmed montaser

    Can you please mention vpns that works perfectly fine with betting websites in the UK especially bet365? which one you recommend the most ? also if they allow free testing before purchasing ? – thanks in advance

    • VPNCompare

      Hi Ahmed,

      All the providers above work for UK betting sites. Unfortunately we can’t try each one because we would need an account at every site to test.

      I recommend you try IPVanish because they have a 7-day money back guarantee so if it doesn’t work with the sites you use they’ll refund your money no questions asked.

    • TERRY

      hi ahmed,i saw your message about bet365 and using a vpn to access there sight..i will just let you know my problem,im from the uk,but i live in the philippines for about 2 years,i first signed up to bet 365 over 7 years ago while i was living in the uk,as i said ive been using bet 365 while ive been here,but a couple of weeks ago they suddenly stopped me from using it,there reason was that the philippines was on there banned list,so my account has been cancelled untill i returned back to the uk,so i thought about using a vpn so i could hide my location from them.now i was thinking there might be a problem with using a vpn, because surely bet 365 would not accept somone with a vpn address if i used my previous username and password knowing i was banned from accessing the sight while im living here in phil..or do you think its best to join as a new user,or do you think im over worrying and that evreything will be ok?TERRY

  • Jack

    Good article. VPN seems half of the solution. May I know how do you get around when the bookmakers ask for document(utilities bill, bank statement, passport) for verification purpose?

    • VPNCompare

      Yes the solution is more suitable for those that have lived in the host country and moved or who are currently travelling. Unfortunately for those who have never lived in the country I don’t really have any advice and it would probably be too risky.

  • Frank

    Hi,

    I use paddy power (uk) and am travelling to Canada (Ontario) for 2 weeks. Will this work with the information you provided above in your article?

    • VPNCompare

      It should work yes. I can’t give you a 100% guarantee but it should work.

      It would be best to sign up to IPVanish the day before you leave and that way if you have issues when you’re in Canada then you could just cancel the IPVanish account within 7 days and get a full refund.

  • I live in Norway and here for gambling there are only 2 casinos so Me and other casino lovers have to play at online casinos. That is why I always try to find new casino sites, tips and tricks. I heard a lot about the gambling in UK. I think this tips can be useful for me to try gambling site of UK.

  • Vikram Singh

    i live in india and all indian are blocked bcoz i win all time what i do its possible to open account ?

    • VPNCompare

      Have you tried using a VPN?

  • Pedro Mendes

    Hi,

    Im using a VPN but Im concerned that Flash Player can expose my real IP address for example when using casino games and slots (some require flash player to run).

    Would a VPS be a better solution?

    • VPNCompare

      A VPS may be better but likely to be slow.

      It’s unlikely flash will leak your IP in this instance.

  • Travis

    How do you get around your current address, phone number, and bank account?

    • VPNCompare

      You would probably need to have created an account in the country before leaving. Or use a false address if possible?

  • Zarati

    Hi, great article! I have a question. I am studying in UK now so I enjoy all betting benefits here, however in 2 months I am heading back to my country where many betting sites are restricted. I am thinking of using VPN to solve this problem, but I am not sure what would I do if the betting site ask me for confirming my address once I decide to withdraw my money. The withdrawal can be in 2 years and at that time I won`t have any recent bills which would prove my address. Do you have any idea about this? Thanks!