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Non-remote pool betting operating licence

This licence allows you to operate a pool betting business (if you intend to operate an online pool betting business, you will need the remote pool betting operating licence).

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.

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

If you offer machines at your track premises 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 self-service betting terminals (ie bet receipt terminals or betting machines) on your licensed track premises, you will need to apply for an ancillary remote to your main licence. 

Ancillary remote application fee: £100
There is no annual fee for this ancillary licence 

If you apply for one of these licences you may also need
to apply for linked licences if you intend to maintain the gaming machines and gambling software yourself.   

Application fee non-remote pool betting operating licence 

Application fees

Fee category

A1

B1

C1

D1

E1

 

 

 

Annual gross gambling yield

Less than £550,000

£550,000 or   greater, up to but excluding £2.5 million

£2.5 million   or greater, up to but excluding £5.5 million

£5.5 million   or greater, up to but excluding £10 million

£10 million   or greater

 

 

 

Application Fee

£586

£879

£1,147

£1,464

£4,394

 

 

 

Annual fee

Your first annual fee is due 30 days after your licence is issued to you. Subsequent annual fees are due every year before the anniversary of the day your licence was issued. 

For the first year, 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 kinds of licence, you will get a discount on your annual fee.  

Annual fees

Fee category

A1

B1

C1

D1

E1

 

 

Annual gross gambling yield

Less than £550,000

£550,000 or   greater, up to but excluding £2.5 million

£2.5 million   or greater, up to but excluding £5.5 million

£5.5 million   or greater, up to but excluding £10 million

£10 million   or greater

 

 

Annual Fee

£1,910

£2,633

£4,106

£6,265

£13,054

 

 

Also see

Betting: which licence do you need?

Advice for remote, non-remote and betting intermediaries

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