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3 Peer to peer gaming, other networks and hosting

3.1.3 - Hosting

Applies to:

All casino (game host), bingo (game host), general betting (host) (real events) and general betting (host) (virtual events) licences.

  1. Subject to 2 below, all licensees who provide facilities for gambling in circumstances in which they do not contract directly with any of the participants using those facilities (‘hosts’) must ensure that:

    1. every participant using the facilities in Great Britain (‘a domestic customer’) is doing so pursuant to a contract entered into between that player and the holder of a Gambling Commission remote casino, bingo, general betting (real events) or general betting (virtual events) operating licence (‘a relevant licence’);
    2. the arrangements between the host and any holder of a relevant licence through which domestic customers access their facilities, and with gambling operators not licensed by the Gambling Commission through which customers use their facilities outside Great Britain, provide in clear terms which operator is to be responsible for the handling of which categories of customer complaint and dispute; in particular such arrangements must provide how a dispute involving customers from more than one jurisdiction is to be handled;
    3. the host’s arrangements for the sharing of information both with any holder of a relevant licence and with gambling operators not licensed by the Gambling Commission through which participants use the facilities outside Great Britain are such as to enable all parties to discharge effectively their respective regulatory obligations, in particular in relation to:
      1. prevention of money laundering; combating the financing of terrorism; and where applicable, the Proceeds of Crime Act,
      2. investigation of suspected cheating,
      3. combating of problem gambling, and
      4. investigation of customer complaints.
  2. Paragraph 1 above does not apply to the provision to the holder of a non-remote bingo operating licence (H) of facilities for the playing of games of bingo organised by H in premises in respect of which a bingo premises licence has effect (for example, the National Bingo Game).

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