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game gambling

In the Gambling Act 2005 gambling is defined as betting, gaming or participating in a lottery.

That definition distinguishes between activities which need to be licensed and other activities which do not.

We categorise different gambling activities into what we call sectors: AGCs and FECs require a licence from the Gambling Commission.

UFECs require a permit from the local licensing authority.

Gaming machines (fruit machines, slot machines) on arcade premises fall into different gaming machine categories depending on the levels of stake and prize offered.

No one under the age of 18 is allowed to enter an AGC or the adults only area of a licensed FEC.

There are several different ways in which betting can be offered: You need a licence from the Gambling Commission to offer betting services.

The most common form of betting is fixed odds betting where you bet a stake to win a fixed amount calculated by the odds available.

For example, a £10 bet at odds of 2/1 would return £30 (£20 of winnings £10 stake) if successful. Fixed odds betting can be offered: Pool betting differs from fixed odds betting as winnings are determined by the sum of stakes paid into the pool.

The amount you win is calculated by dividing the total pool (minus a commission fee for the organiser) by the number of winning tickets.

Pool betting includes: The Tote (Successor Company) Limited holds the exclusive licence (until mid-2018) to offer pool betting in respect of GB horse racing.

Tote can, however, give permission for a company to offer pool betting in respect of GB horse racing.