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Exploring UK Gambling Laws in 2017


Gambling in the United Kingdom is the sphere  that’s got quite a part of a community engaged in this nation-scale activity.  With the increasing number of online casinos featuring free play slots no download the government of UK has started to pay a raised attention to the  matter of their licensing. Thus, after the adoption of the Gambling Act 2005  the British Gambling Commission was formed to replace the Gaming Board of Great  Britain and regulate the casinos’ and bookmakers’ operation. In 2013 this  establishment merged with the National Lottery Commission to become the main  gambling regulatory authority in the UK.

The statutes regulating both games of chance and  games of skills
 In what refers to the gambling products, e.g.  casinos, slot machines, bingo, lotteries and bookmaking, the GA 2005 is the  only applicable statute so far. However, there’s still one exception – the  National Lottery Act 1993. Despite the fact the regulators have merged, the  legislations regarding these two types of gambling activity differ to some  extent. And there’s also a tax legislation, which is applied to gambling  services on the basis of the Betting, Gaming and Duties Act 1981, undergoing  systematic amendments.

The GA 2005 statute is also assigned to  determine whether a game involves more skill or is predominantly influenced by  chance. The test results are used to figure out which article/paragraph of  gambling legislation this or that game is subjected to. As to social games and  free lotteries, they aren’t influenced by the act.
 The law restrictions placed upon licensee

In Great Britain, there are no restrictions  regarding who can apply for a gambling licensing. Yet, those who’ve managed to  obtain a license for casino/bookmaker operation are, expectedly, forced to  comply with the current regulations. And there are strict restrictions a  licensee must observe:

  1. The bingo and land-based casino license holders  can’t provide credit
  2. If a person under age of 18 places a wager, that  wager must be returned
  3. Bookmakers and pool betting operators are  prohibited from offering bets on the National Lottery
  4. There are limits on the number and type of the  available slot machines depending on a casino size
  5. The number of Regional casinos is limited to one  in number, while large and small – to eight each
  6. Betting advertisements are allowed to be  broadcast only when the sports event is taking place
  7. None except for  GA 2005 granted casinos are allowed to offer bingo

These are some of the primary regulations the casinos and bookmaker  facilities must observe in order to operate on the UK territory on a permanent  basis. There are surely lots of others, as the book of law is known to be  thick. However, adding them to the article would be unacceptable for a number  of reasons and thus, we’ve picked the most relevant ones to unveil the  principles of UK gambling legislation.

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