Date: 2 April
On 27 March 2012, three men were found guilty of a total of 42
offences under the Gambling Act 2005 (the Act) relating to the
operation of unlicensed adult gaming centres and a betting
The convictions follow a Gambling Commission investigation into
the illegal operation of premises by the defendants through a
company called Agora Bet Ltd. The investigation commenced in
May 2010 when the Commission seized gaming machine equipment and
other assets from ten premises at locations in London, the South
East and the South Midlands.
The convictions follow a six day trial at Birmingham
Magistrates’ Court. The men have been committed to the Crown Court
for sentencing and confiscation proceedings under the Proceeds of
The Commission’s Director of Regulation, Nick Tofiluk said:
“This prosecution sends out a message to those looking to profit
from unlicensed gambling operations. Operators must be
licensed in order to keep gambling fair and safe and the Commission
will pursue individuals who offer unlicensed gambling facilities to
UPDATE: All three defendants have appealed their convictions and
the appeal hearing has been listed to commence on 10 December at
Birmingham Crown Court.
FURTHER UPDATE: Two of the three defendants will not be pursuing
their appeals against conviction and will be sentenced at
Birmingham Crown Court on 14 February 2013. One appeal is set
to continue and is also listed for a mention at Birmingham Crown
Court on the same date.
Notes to editors
The Gambling Commission
- 1. The Gambling Commission (the Commission) regulates gambling
in the public interest alongside its co-regulators local licensing
authorities. It does so by keeping crime out of gambling, by
ensuring that gambling is conducted fairly and openly, and by
protecting children and vulnerable people from being harmed or
exploited by gambling. The Commission also provides independent
advice to government on gambling in Britain.
- 2. The Commission and local licensing authorities are
responsible for licensing and regulating all gambling in Great
Britain other than the National Lottery and spread betting, which
are the responsibility of the National Lottery Commission and the
Financial Services Authority (FSA) respectively.
- 3. See the Terms & Conditions section of our
website for information on legal advice.
- 4. Details of offences under section
33, 37 and
are available online.
- 5. Details of the premises involved are available on
- 6. A previous press release with regard to this
investigation is available
- Further information is available from the Commission's website.
Press office on (0121) 230 6700 or firstname.lastname@example.org.