UK Gambling Laws Knowing what to expect from the UK’s gambling laws can be a little tricky. This is especially true since 2014 is bringing revisions and upgraded to the laws. The Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Act of 1960 came onto the scene and change a lot. Just when we get used to those more changes come along, but these are supposed to be some good changes. Let us take a look at where we are right now. Of course betting was once illegal in the UK, but betting via telephone was not. Bookies were a regular thing, and gambling was prominent. Gambling is a growing hobby and leisure activity today in the UK, but the laws are much different now than they once were.
One survey by the Gambling Commission says that remote gambling is the new trend, and that in 2010 the numbers ad topped out at 10. 8,000 people had in fact participated in some sort of remote gambling. Those numbers have tripled from 2010 to 2014. The online gambling phase is legal, because the legitimate sites are licensed by the Gambling Commission. The Gambling Commission has information on their site for applicants, licenses and approved operators. The Commission was set up back in 2005 in order to control and regulate commercial gambling across Great Britain, and in 2013 they also took over the National Lottery Commission’s responsibilities regulating and enforcing the National Lottery under the National Lottery Act of 1993. Some pubs are licensed by the Gambling Commission as well.
Until 2005 it was illegal to pass betting slips and sell alcoholic beverages. As long as the pub is licensed by the Gambling Commission today there is no crime. Anyone can now place a bet with their cell phone from a pub in the UK. This is even true if the user is on the pubs Wi-Fi. However, they can only place the bet for themselves. Coupons, pools and betting slips are also legal, but not to take the actual bets, and the betting slips cannot be passed around among patrons. Each individual must bet for him or herself only. The UK pubs are known for strictly controlling the prizes, and private clubs are known to have higher payouts. Changes in 2014 to the taxations of gambling remotely are underway. This is after all a small piece of the United Kingdom’s economy.
8 billion in contributions to the economy annually. 800 Million in revenue from taxes. The Gambling Commission works on behalf of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. They reinforce the act that was created for regulation, and they are updating the laws according to the times and new gaming methods. There are also provisions for vulnerable adults and children to be protected and burgeoning within the online gambling sectors all for the first time ever. Bingo halls no longer are required to take fees for membership. Now a bingo hall simply needs a Gaming Commission licenses to operate. The 10 game limits have been lifted, and legal casinos are fully operational in the UK.
There are some very exclusive and liberated casinos operating in the UK today, and many of these do so remotely. Sports are another commonly bet upon venue. This is a subject of historical significance in the UK. It has been controlled for many-many years in the region. Now, thanks to the passing of the act and licensing from the Gambling Commission the market in the UK is huge as are the profits from sports betting. Gambling on bookmakers, or betting shops as well as licensed websites for anything from greyhound and horse races to football and racing is normally done in pools. 850 million every year and counting.