I could, of course, have squandered my stake money on a sandwich; filling, but not fulfilling. On 1 May , life became easier; legal betting shops opened for the first time since the middle of the nineteenth century. The nearest to my school, a short walk away, was a seedy room in the backstreets of Croydon, managed by a formidable middle-aged blonde.
When she paid out the winners, her scowl would have petrified a Blackpool landlady. The participants were expected to enter, place a bet, and leave with the alacrity and discretion of a Cabinet Minister visiting a bordello. For more than years, the public had been denied the legal opportunity to wager in cash away from a racecourse. Betting shops flourished in the first half of the nineteenth century, more than operating in London alone, but the Attorney General noted: 'The mischief arising from the existence of these betting shops was perfectly notorious.
Betting continued. A labyrinthine network of bookmakers' runners serviced the nation's gambling instinct, and illegal shops continued to operate until they were legalised 40 years ago. Fred Done owns betting shops, and is the largest independent bookmaker in Britain. In , the year-old Fred worked with his father in the family's bookmaking business.
He would open the shop from 11 to three and from five to seven for the evening dogs. Bets were written on any scrap of paper, with a nom de plume on the back. We would send a taxi round every day, and the bets would be handed over in clock bags. What you had at the end of your day was profit. The only payment you had to make was bribe money to the police, two or three quid a week to keep them off your back.
If they were going to raid you, they'd let you know. I once said I felt sorry for them and my father said, "If I ever hear you say that again Always remember, skin 'em and stamp on 'em". The businesses were highly lucrative and had to be protected from predators. You would get threats and you had to look after yourself. You had to be tough to stay in the industry.
We had runners in all the pubs as well, and there was a lot of competition. The pubs were probably worse than the factories to control. In Done went to work for the Peters chain of betting shops in Salford, marking up prices, and after a few years he had been promoted to manager of their credit office. In those days it was so good that you could allow for the fiddling and still make money.
But when betting tax came in and we started trimming the odds, it became a business. The first five years of High Street betting were the most rewarding, and by the mids local magistrates had granted an estimated 16, licences. Applicants had to prove a knowledge of the business; one of the most compelling arguments was to admit to a couple of prosecutions for illegal bookmaking. John Banks, who owned a chain of betting shops in Scotland, and who later became one of the biggest racecourse bookmakers, described the shops as 'money factories', a description that attracted the Government's interest.
In they introduced betting tax. The following year, Done started out on his own. I had no cash and thought we wouldn't make it through. Most bookmakers closed, but we kept going with the dogs, and the punters came. They wanted to bet. One of the first men to realise the potential of betting shops was Cyril Stein of Ladbrokes.
He acquired shops, no matter how run down, no matter the location. He moved the licensed premises, refurbished them, and turnover soared. They've always been too aggressive, but I looked up to them. I think they've lost it now. Betting tax was increased and the Government, under pressure from football pools companies, imposed a 33 per cent tax on the fixed-odds coupons issued by bookmakers.
The number of High Street shops began to decline, and now there are just over 8, Until the mid s, punters could listen only to an audio commentary on races, provided by the Exchange Telegraph Company. Each region had a commentator with an appropriate accent. We hated him. Not until was regulation relaxed. Television screens were permitted which, a year later, would bring live racing via satellite to the majority of shops.
Bookmakers were allowed to have two amusement-with-prizes machines and to provide soft drinks and refreshments. Operators are expected to understand the affordability of the gambling undertaken by their players, particularly where players are high-spenders. Operators are expected to have systems in place to identify where players are exhibiting behaviours which indicate potential harm. Where it is appropriate to trigger an interaction with a player, operators are expected to recommend socially responsible measures such as cool-off periods and breaks from gambling or self-exclusion.
Operators are expected to have in place measures to detect self-excluded persons who might wish to re-register using different details. Does your jurisdiction permit virtual currencies to be used for gambling and are they separately regulated?
British regulation passes through the full effect of EU anti-money laundering and terrorist financing measures. Otherwise, payment processing per se is not licensable under British gambling law and the main restrictions are that land-based bingo and casinos may not offer credit for wagers and remote gambling operators may not accept credit card payments including through money services providers. All gambling hosted by electronic means and available to persons in Great Britain must be licensed by the Gambling Commission.
A variety of gaming machines are available, categorised according to stakes and payouts, subject to strict regulation as to the limits of those stakes and payouts and the number of machines in any one location. The uploading of gambling functionality onto electronic end-user devices should always be considered carefully. As far as players are concerned, they generally only commit an offence where they attempt to gamble whilst underage or cheat.
However, the way that British legislation addresses gambling is to set up a whole series of criminal offences and then provide that the possession of the appropriate licence is a defence. Offences cover the unlicensed offer of gambling, the unlicensed use of premises for gambling, the promotion or facilitation of a lottery and so on.
The legal approach is to completely criminalise gambling but then to make exceptions for persons who comply with the licensing regime, pay the applicable tax, observe the applicable regulation and so on. Alternatively, there are exceptions in the legislation for low-level or private gambling.
The definitions in British gambling law are extremely broad. Anyone who is involved to any material extent in the provision of gambling, or gambling software, may be committing an offence in the UK if they are not correctly licensed or if they cannot take advantage of one of the limited range of exemptions in the legislation.
Software suppliers, games suppliers, sportsbook platforms and certain other B2B suppliers may all be potentially licensable. The British regulator is currently embarked on a series of enforcement actions against its licensees, as described above, including follow-ups from previous enforcement actions.
The usual pattern of regulatory enforcement is for the regulator to instigate a review of the operating licence in question, with the consequences described above. At the time of writing, the regulator has not yet seen fit to prosecute mainstream gambling operators for failures in compliance, although there are frequent prosecutions of plainly illegal gambling operations — primarily unlicensed land-based operations.
To date, the typical outcome has been a substantial financial settlement which the operator has negotiated with the regulator in lieu of a formal statutory penalty. The regulator is also beginning to make use of the system of personal management licences to act against individuals and there have been licence suspensions in cases where the regulator considered the operator to be substantially non-compliant.
To date, the Gambling Commission has relied on its statutory powers under British law and its contacts with fellow European regulators. Have fines, licence revocations or other sanctions been enforced in your jurisdiction? In the intervening years, however, the absence of political support, press hostility and vociferous opposition from minority groups have given rise to a far less supportive atmosphere verging by on outright official hostility.
In fiscal terms, operators have already suffered the removal of tax-exempt status for free bets and a ban on the use of credit cards, and a revenue-hungry Government may well look again at rates of duty. Advertising regulations have tightened and there is almost constant negative Parliamentary scrutiny of gambling and in particular remote gambling, often phrased in highly emotive terms and highlighting individual cases.
The British House of Lords published a report in July with 66 proposals for tightening or restricting gambling including restrictions on tie-ups with sport, the licensing of affiliates and increased affordability assessments. Future changes to law or regulation may well reflect some or all of this. In the recent British elections, both major parties committed to review current gambling law on the basis that the existing legislation does not adequately protect the vulnerable.
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Relevant Authorities and Legislation 2. Application for a Licence and Licence Restrictions 3. Enforcement and Liability 5. Anticipated Reforms. Relevant Product Who regulates it in digital form? Who regulates it in land-based form? Local authorities for Premises Licences.
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The law allows larger prizes in private clubs. Health provision for problem gamblers is very limited, according to Bill Moyes, chair of the Gambling Commission. The industry refers to problem gamblers as VIP's, according to, The Guardian the industry actively encourages VIP's to gamble more by providing them with free gifts.
The industry recruits staff to target VIP's and get them to spend more, to contact VIP's who have not gambled for some time and get them to restart gambling, to identify less serious gamblers who could become VIP's and get them to gamble more. Gambling ages in the United Kingdom are set out in the Gambling Act : Part 4, Protection of children and young persons.
The UK government previously limited television ads to only National Lottery, Bingo, and football pools, but when a new Gambling Act came into effect in they relaxed all of those restrictions. By , the UK media regulator Ofcom reported that this more relaxed approach had led to a seven-fold increase in the number of gambling ads that were aired on the TV.
The Committee of Advertising Practice which is responsible for penning advertising codes in the UK has announced new rules aimed at protecting children from underage gambling. The announcement came on Wednesday, 13 February, and under the new directive, all gambling ads will not be allowed on websites or games that are popular with children.
The new regulations aim introducing extra layer of protection to ensure that children below the age of 18 are not targeted by gambling adverts. To realize this, bookies will be required to ensure that online wagering promotions are not aired to minors. To fully comply with this provision, operators will be required to refrain from placing ads that promoting betting on sections of websites that target children.
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The Tote, the state-owned on-course pool-betting facility — about to be put up for sale by the Government — was also buying shops in the high street. Such was the success of these operators that they became the subject of corporate mergers and takeovers, the sort of event that happened to industrial or retail companies.
Mecca, owned by Grand Metropolitan, merged with William Hill in , while Ladbrokes' chief executive, Cyril Stein, was making a name for himself as an aggressive, almost renegade City operator. Ladbrokes would eventually tie up with Hilton Hotels.
In , William Hill was acquired by the film and leisure conglomerate Brent Walker. Less than 40 years on from the world of "rickety wooden stairs", betting shops had become a seriously big business. I even invented a method of writing up an 'in-running' commentary on the race itself for my customers before I became a settler, and then a manager.
This was a job I enjoyed for two or three years before moving into the PR and media side of the company. Graham Sharpe's journey from the boards to being the most high-profile of all bookmaking PR men he hosts and sponsors the annual William Hill Sports Book of the Year awards, and produces a regular list of wacky bets for the public to nibble on reflects the assimilation of betting shops into our culture and also the way their employees could rise into management from the shop floor.
Mr Sharpe, and his counterpart at Ladbrokes, Mike Dillon, are smart enough to have succeeded in any business, and they are both well-enough respected to have the ear of racing's authorities. They could probably seek high office, but both love the daily rough and tumble of betting, having cut their teeth in the shops. On another occasion a manager came back from a long lunch, slightly on the woozy side, to find a crowd of punters wanting payouts from unsettled bets — he promptly started a cake-throwing fight with them!
Matters were not so frivolous in betting shops when the National Lottery, and its attendant scratchcards, started in Those who had two or three quid bets in the shops hoping to win 10 back could now bet for jackpots of over a million pounds. The lottery created hysteria for a while, with people who had never placed a bet in their life queuing up in their corner shops before the Saturday-evening deadline.
Indeed a recent government survey on gambling revealed that among people who bet, 57 per cent still use the lottery, and 20 per cent buy scratchcards, with 17 per cent loyal to horseracing. In the past decade, several measures have been taken to rebalance the nation's gambling instincts. Tax on betting-shop wagers was cut from 10 per cent to 9 per cent creating a live Sudoku puzzle for punters and settlers alike , and then eventually abolished in , in favour of a tax on the bookies' gross profits.
Rules regarding betting on football were relaxed — the "minimum trebles" stipulation, whereby punters had to include at least three matches on their coupon, was dropped, allowing bets on single matches. Clients such as these usually have huge deposit accounts, from which the firm draws their stakes, and they deal directly with the bookmakers' trading rooms, not with their shops. If you look in most betting-shop windows now, the advertising they display mostly features odds for football games.
More recently, betting shops have been allowed to install what the trade calls FOBTs fixed-odds betting terminals and what some would still call fruit machines, or more graphically, one-armed bandits. And then there is "racing" from such computer-generated courses as Portman Park a gag, I guess, about Portman Square, former home of the Jockey Club to fill time before the real racing starts.
By the turn of the century, the betting shop had developed a cyber-twin as most of the big bookmaking firms began to realise the potential of online betting, and the betting exchanges — Betfair, Betdaq — opened up. Victor Chandler, the smartest of British bookmakers, both sartorially and intellectually, had been at the front of the march into the digital age. His wholesale move to Gibraltar, rendering his clients' bets offshore, and therefore tax-free, forced the Treasury into their adjustments on betting duty.
The volume of telephone business was soon matched by trade on the internet — Mr Chandler went on to sell 41 of his betting shops to Coral but at the same time, invested heavily in two up-market "betting lounges", all marble-floors and leather chairs, one off Park Lane in London, the other in Dublin. But could Mr Chandler's underlying instinct be right? There is a new generation of punters who only know web, electronic or telephone betting.
They sit up all night gambling on distant tennis matches, or playing online poker, or jousting in a cyber-casino. To these guys, a betting shop is a relic of a former age. Who needs cash in a cashless society? When their money counts most, when they reach executive positions, will the betting shop be finished?
The figures suggest not — the four biggest companies still seem strongly committed to betting shops. William Hill currently runs more than 2,; Ladbrokes has 2,; Coral owns 1,; and totesport manages And there are groups of expansive firms showing no loss of appetite for shop-based betting. Betfred won the bid to have several units inside the new Wembley Stadium.
Perhaps the biggest mover on the scene is Paddy Power. Formed in by the merger of three Irish bookies, they have, according to one business analyst, "done about all they can in Ireland, and are looking to England for their future development". But its UK shops also made money and it wants twice as many by Power has come a cropper with some of its advertisements.
A poster showing two old ladies crossing a road in front of an oncoming truck, captioned "What are the odds? But there was an absolute storm when an advert depicted Jesus at the Last Supper sitting in front of a pile of gambling chips. Yet Power prospers. There's a clubby atmosphere, human contact, the thrill of watching sport, and inter-relating with shop staff.
They are more comfortable and well-equipped than ever before. The personal touch, mingling with like-minded people, betting, and especially being paid out in cash, all these things appeal to the public; as for the smoking ban, it has probably increased custom rather than diminished it. Typically, Mr Sharpe can't resist offering me a bet: "The shops have been going since , so you can have 1, with me that they will have disappeared before I worried that I might put the shop out of business.
They lost, and the shop was saved. Between the late s and mids, my co-writer, Andrew Nickolds, and I worked near Charlotte Street. This was our local bookie. Apart from the odd win, we learnt swear-words from Greek tailors and Italian waiters. The scene of one of my best wins. The settler killed the euphoria by telling me it would have been over 18 grand if the fourth horse had managed to win. To this day, I have still never won a complete "Lucky 15". Back in , my new home town's betting shop was a throwback to , with bare walls, mesh-grille, ancient board-man, and a one-bar electric fire.
The two early kicks-offs that I rushed to include went down — but the other nine results were right. Fortunately, the shop has since moved to smart, new premises, so the physical reminders have gone. Gaudy and over-lit, but an essential venue on trips to London. Bet on arrival in the morning, collect — occasionally — on the way back in the evening, and you might be able to afford First Great Western's ludicrously expensive walk-on fares. Bob Paisley, the assistant-coach and later Liverpool's most successful manager, was a regular customer.
This connection enabled me to get interviews with Paisley early in my sports-writing career, but the great man kept his racing tips to himself. You can also help them by making sure you spell the name of your choice correctly; make clear what your stake the amount you're betting is, and whether it is a win bet, or each-way win-and-place.
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