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Guidance to licensing authorities

The Gambling Commission's guidance for licensing authorities.


3 - Betting in clubs

25.8. Commercial betting, regardless of the level of stakes, is not allowed in clubs. Those who facilitate such betting – whether designated premises supervisors or club officials – are providing illegal facilities for gambling and are breaking the law. Even where designated premises supervisors or club officials accept bets on behalf of licensed bookmakers, or just facilitate betting through their own telephone accounts, they are acting as betting intermediaries and could be prosecuted.

25.9. Licensed bookmakers with a full or ancillary remote licence may accept telephone bets from a customer watching an event in a club, as long as that customer has an individual account with them. It is illegal for bookmakers to sit in the club taking bets themselves. Similarly, it is also illegal for operators to put their agent in clubs, for example, in a working men’s club on a Saturday, to take bets.

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