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Remote pool betting operating licence

Regardless of where you are based in the world, you need a licence from us if:

  • you are providing facilities for gambling to consumers in Great Britain online (or through any other means of remote communication)
  • any part of your remote gambling equipment is based in Great Britain. 

There is a remote operating licence for each type of gambling activity you might want to provide. 

This licence allows you to run a pool betting business online (or through other means of remote communication).

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.

Previously, Betfred, trading as The Tote, held an exclusive licence (up to and including 12 July 2018) to offer pool betting in respect of British horse racing. Anyone other than The Tote required an authorisation from them to carry out pool betting on British horse racing. 

The expiry of the exclusive licence means that any authorisations granted are no longer effective.

As of 13 July 2018 all holders of a pool betting operating licence will be able to offer pool betting in respect of British horse racing.  We expect the horse-race pool betting landscape to evolve over the coming months.

Further advice and guidance in relation to pool betting.

Application fee remote pool betting operating licence 

Application fees

Fee category

F1

G1

G2

H1

H2

I1

J1

K1

Annual gross gambling yield

Less than £1.5   million

£1.5 million or greater, up to but excluding £3 million

£3 million or greater, up to but excluding £7.5 million

£7.5 million or greater, up to but excluding £15 million

£15 million or greater, up to but excluding £55 million

£55 million or greater, up to but excluding £110 million

£110 million or greater, up to but excluding £220 million

£220 million or greater, up to but excluding £550 million

Application Fee

£586

£884

£884

£1,464

£1,464

£1,824

£4,394

£4,394

Fee category

L1

M1

 

 

 

Annual Gross gambling yield

£550 million or greater, up to but excluding £1 billion

£1 billion or greater

 

 

 

Application Fee

£4,394

£4,394

 

 

 

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.

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

Annual fees

Fee category

F1

G1

G2

H1

H2

I1

J1

K1

Annual gross gambling yield

Less than £1.5   million

£1.5 million or greater, up to but excluding £3 million

£3 million or greater, up to but excluding £7.5 million

£7.5 million or greater, up to but excluding £15 million

£15 million or greater, up to but excluding £55 million

£55 million or greater, up to but excluding £110 million

£110 million or greater, up to but excluding £220 million

£220 million or greater, up to but excluding £550 million

Annual Fee

£1,552

£10,357

£12,293

£22,436

£37,766

£58,252

£106,504

£248,509

Fee category

L1

M1

 

 

 

Annual Gross gambling yield

£550 million or greater, up to but excluding £1 billion

£1 billion or greater

 

 

 

Annual Fee

£435,698

£585,698 plus £150,000 for each complete additional £500 million   of annual gross gambling yield above £1 billion

 

 

 

Also see

Betting: which licence do you need?

Advice for remote, non-remote and betting intermediaries

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