While the eyes of the gambling world have been looking in on the United States, the UK has been positioning itself for breaking new ground and staking new claims. Once all of the legal issues are out of the way, the UK will once again hold tight the reigns of gambling commerce by making it enticing to actually conduct business there instead of offshore. While many in the government would say that this is not the main goal of recent legislation, it obviously is in the top three of any kind of intentional planning that might have gone on in the restructuring.
Gambling in the UK will continue to dominate the sports book aspect, but will the UK be able to compete in a world where the US is legalized? Absolutely, as the US may become a bit xenophobic with its online gambling for a number of years until it is ready to do business with the rest of the world. This will give the UK plenty of time to implement new innovations in online gambling such as 3D gambling, casino apps and even Kinect technology based online poker and online gambling.
The near future for the UK and online gambling will continue along a set course of restructuring the financials and allowing UK gambling operations. Once this has been re-solidified and the UK is making 70-80% of online gambling money instead of it going to offshore nations, then those companies can move safely ahead into a new era that is driven by innovations in technology. Those innovations are now slowly making it into the market with technology that brings online gambling right into the homes of UK citizens where they can play online slots , and poker online right from their television. One company, Sky already has deals in place with Microsoft to allow for their television video apps to appear on the Xbox in the UK, so the obvious next step will be for online gambling to make an appearance for those that wish to subscribe to that type of service.