Gambling Act 2005



The Gambling Act 2005 (c 19) is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It mainly applies to England and Wales, and to Scotland, and is designed to control all forms of gambling. It transfers authority for licensing gambling from the Magistrates' Courts to local authorities (specifically unitary authorities, and the councils of metropolitan borough, non-metropolitan district and London boroughs), or to Scottish licensing boards. The Act also created the Gambling Commission. [Source]


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Description: Amends the Gaming Machine (Circumstances of Use) Regulations 2007 (S.I. 2007/2319) so to prevent individuals from paying more than £50 for a charge for use of a sub-Category B2 gaming machine (other than where the machine is located in a casino) unless each payment made by that individual in respect of the use of the machine complies with specific conditions.

Description: Amends schedule 11 of the Gambling Act 2005 to deregulate certain types of lotteries, in defined circumstances:

Incidental non-commercial lotteries (to allow incidental lotteries to be held at both non-commercial and commercial events and to allow results of such lotteries to be announced after such an event)

Private lotteries (to allow private society lotteries to be promoted for any charity or non-commercial or non-private charity or good cause. To remove the requirement in all private lotteries for a lottery ticket to contain certain information.)

Description: These Regulations amend the Categories of Gaming Machine Regulations 2007 (S.I. 2007/2158) so as to increase the existing stake and prize limits for certain categories of gaming machine.

Description:  It amends the Gambling Act 2005 in order to allow adult gaming centre (AGC) and bingo premises to make available a number of category B gaming machines not exceeding 20% of the total number of gaming machines which are available for use on the premises.

Description:  increasing the stake and prize limits for certain categories of machine (thereby amending Categories of Gaming Machine Regulations 2007).



Case Law

Description: Landmark case that held poker was gambling, and not a game of skill.

Description: Licensing justices refusing application - Claimant applying for judicial review - Permission to apply for judicial review being granted.

Description: Validity of reviews after initial grant, section 152, primary gambling activity.

Description: split premises

Description: split premises

  • Harpers Leisure International Limited v Guildford Borough Council (Guildford Magistrates Court, 17th October 2010) [District Judge] [Do you have this case?]

Description: split premises

Description: meaning of premises, split premises, provisional satements



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The Gambling Commission was set up under the Gambling Act 2005 to regulate commercial gambling in Great Britain.

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