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. Alot has changed, but a lot also remains the same…let’s explore.
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 10.7% out of a total of 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. The betting industry allows more than £8 billion in contributions to the economy annually. It also provides hundreds of thousands of jobs generating more than £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. So, the act actually paved the way for resort style casinos to be constructed as well as the people in the towns where they are being built to profit from their presence through jobs and the economy.
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. The online betting for sports alone is estimated to bring in around £850 million every year and counting. More than 3 Million people make up the UK’s online gaming population.
Lotteries are another trending gambling method that has embraced the UK. They were once illegal. They would once collect people’s money and pay nothing, but with regulations and control it is now a dependable and perfectly legal methods of gambling due to the Gambling Commission and obtaining the appropriate licensing. Prizes in the locations where these lotteries exist are controlled, and this includes UK’s National Lottery which was placed under government licensing back in 1993. The government controlled lotto’s are Thunderball and Lotto as well as several other names.
Media tycoon, Richard Desmond, launched the Health Lotto. He was attempting to raise £50 million annually to fund health related charities. EuroMillions was also created by the National Lottery Commission, is legal and covers a span of around 9 different countries.
The National Lottery raises many pounds for great causes. It helps to fund grants, and goes towards the state. Lotto unclaimed funds and fees all go towards making the UK better with only around 15% going to the lotto organizations themselves.
The Postcode Lottery is another not so new to the UK. It was created in lieu of charity’s well. Entrant postcodes are used in accordance with 3 numbers being the ticket number. This is a lottery that draws weekly on Thursdays. Scratches off cards are also very popular in the UK, and they are legal for anyone of the minimum age to play. They are cheap, and playing is easy.
They can also become quite addictive. What people do not know is that many amusement arcades are dabbling in the gambling industry. These include gaming rooms for adults, family centers that have been licensed and FEC’S that are in fact, unlicensed.
There are several different laws that apply to gaming both online and physically.
However, there is nothing specific governing internet gaming that makes it illegal. With that being said there are some illegal online activities that you will need to be aware of. For instance, operations that allow betting are legal online thanks to bookmakers being able to accept bets via telephone, but things like casino, lotteries and bingo are actually illegal online. This is due to a clause in the law demanding that people be on the gaming premises to gamble or play bingo and also to internet lotto ticket sales being forbidden.
To break it all down, bookmakers in the UK are able to accept bets made by telephone, and these clients can use credit accounts. Football pools can accepts posts as an entry and by email.
When it comes to gaming machines, bingo halls and casinos a player must be present to partake in the festivities of a licensed and registered gaming facility. Lotteries cannot be played online, and the tickets have to be purchased in person. They are sold in licensed establishments, and they are forbidden to be sold in homes, the streets, on the phone or over the internet. Some companies that manage lotteries have submitted proposals to the gaming Commission to communicate via the internet and only some of those requests have been approved.
The Budd Report, or the Gambling Review of 2001 was commissioned by the Home Offices recommending that online gambling be regulated. The profits stand to be large to the economy, and it was to be seen as a service. Who knows; maybe the 2014 revisions to the gambling laws in the UK will uncover a few surprises of its own.
It only seems logical that with the boost to the economy that online gaming will be expanded in the UK, but we have to wait to see what the new laws will reveal. In the mean time the old past time is easily accessed in the Uk offering up some of the best casinos and gaming halls in the region.