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Non-remote pool betting operating licence

Allows you to run a pool betting business. In pool betting the stakes are pooled and the amount of money won by the successful customers is calculated by dividing the total pool (minus commission) by the number of winners.

Pool betting includes horseracing, football and other sports and fantasy football-type competitions.

Betfred, trading as The Tote, holds the exclusive licence (until mid-2018) to offer pool betting in respect of GB horse racing. Authorisation from The Tote is required to carry out pool betting on GB horse racing.

If you hold a track premises licence from your local licensing authority and a pool betting licence, you can offer up to four gaming machines of category B2 and below, but not category B3A. This is unlikely to apply to horseracing tracks as only the Tote can operate pool betting at these tracks. 

Otherwise to offer gaming machines at a track you will need a separate betting premises licence from your local licensing authority and a general betting (standard) operating licence from us.

If you offer machines at your track they must be in an over-18s-only area and alcohol is not allowed on the premises.  

Ancillary remote operating licence

If you are applying for a non-remote pool betting operating licence but want to offer facilities for betting by means of bet receipt terminals (or betting machines) on your licensed betting premises or licensed track premises, you may need to add an ancillary remote to your main licence. 

Ancillary remote application fee: £100
Ancillary remote annual fee: no cost 

Activities you undertake in relation to the above licences may bring with them other licensing requirements in relation to gaming machines or gambling software

If you apply for one of these licences you can also apply for linked licences to help maintain your gaming machines and gambling software.  

Application fee non-remote pool betting operating licence 

 Gross gambling yield
 

A

B

C

D

E

Less than £0.55m

£0.55m - £2.5m

£2.5m-£5.5m

£5.5m-£10m

£10m+

Pool betting 

£651

£977

£1,274

£1,627

£4,882

Annual fee

Your first annual fee is due 30 days after your licence is issued to you and every year on the anniversary of the day your licence was issued. 

For the first year, unless you are applying for a remote licence, the annual fees below will be reduced by 25% (ancillary and linked licence annual fees are not subject to this reduction).   

If you apply for a combination of different operating licences, you will get a discount on your annual fee. 

 Gross gambling yield  
 

A

B

C

D

E

Less than £0.55m

£0.55m - £2.5m

£2.5m - £5.5m

£5.5m - £10m

£10m+

Pool betting - annual fee

£2,222

£2,879

£4,277

£6,477

£12,137

Also see

Betting: which licence do you need?

Advice for remote, non-remote and betting intermediaries

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