Banned from Bookies

Punters are shocked when they find out bookies can ban online betting accounts or even betting in UK betting shops for customers who are winning too much. However, bookmakers are ultimately businesses and they are not legally obliged to take bets. 

Find out more today about being banned from a bookmaker including the reasons this can happen, how to avoid it and also how to ban yourself if you feel your betting is out of control.

banned from bookies

What is Being Banned by A Bookmakers?

It is as it sounds, a bookmaker will stop accepting bets from an individual.

A bookmaker can give you a ban for a certain period of time or a lifetime ban.

This decision is entirely up to the discretion of a bookmaker, as a business it is up to them who they choose to do business with.

Although betting is a hobby and pastime to most, it is obviously business for a bookmaker and the choice of who they “do business with” is theirs.

A person may find themselves banned for their local bookies or their online horse racing betting account for a number of reasons which we explore below. We think they are all very valid – although it seems unfair to be banned when wining too much, especially if this is all fair and above board.

Reasons For Being Banned From A Betting Shop

The most common reasons for being banned from a betting shop are:

  • Aggressive or rude behaviour towards staff
  • Aggressive or rude behaviour towards other patrons
  • Winning too much – especially if it is considered that you have inside information or an unfair advantage
  • If they think you are a professional gambler
  • Irregular or suspicious betting patterns
  • If the bookie feels you have a problem and are trying to curb this and help you

Reasons For Being Banned Online

The most common reasons for being banned online:

  • Winning too much
  • Irregular or suspicious betting patterns
  • If the bookmaker thinks you are a professional gambler
  • Gubbing – read more in our what is gubbing? article
  • If the bookie feels you have a problem and are trying to curb this and help you

How To Avoid Being Banned By Bookmakers?

Some of the reasons are fair enough, if you are rude to staff in a betting shop we think you deserve a ban and if you have perceived problem we think you should be getting help, but if you are a legitimate punter and are banned for winning too much that can seem unfair.

The best techniques to stop getting banned by the bookies for this reason are:

  • Spread your bets across multiple bookies (keeping bet amounts below a £500 stake ideally) – essentially have multiple online betting accounts or visit different local betting shops. Basically, diversify bookies so sign up with Betfair, William Hill, Ladbrokes, bet365, Unibet etc.
  • Stake bets in round numbers – you are less likely to look like a pro-punter then.
  • Place your fixed odds bets early
  • Place some Acca bets with multiple selections
  • Avoid gubbing

Can I Ban Myself From The Bookies?

If gambling is a problem for you and your are gambling beyond your means, or it is just causing your anxiety and stress, you should stop.

All of the leading UK bookmakers are fantastic with helping problem gamblers – then will close your account quickly, freeze an account, impose time outs, impose gambling limits and more, all to allow you to bring this problem under control.

Here are British Racecourses we are strong advocates of responsible gambling, follow the links on our pages to get professional help if you think that you need this.


Customers get banned from bookmakers for a whole range of reasons as mentioned above.

As covered this can be due to a variety of reasons from being rude to staff to winning too much. We think being banned for winning is tough – especially if you are having a lucky streak or doing well with your betting.

On the other hand please remember to always gamble responsibly and when the fun stops – stop!

Recommended Betting Websites

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