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Gambling in United Kingdom

http://www.asiaplate.com/photo/flag/UK.jpg Currency : Pound
Language : English
Population : 62 million
Continent : Europe

Gambling in the United Kingdom (UK) is legal and regulated by the Gambling Commission on behalf of the government's Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) under the Gambling Act 2005 which includes the introduction of a new structure of protections for children and vulnerable adults, as well as bringing the burgeoning Internet gaming sector within British regulation for the first time. The massive surge for gambling was started after World War II.

Lottery was established in mid 1930s and is the initial form of gambling which was regulated. National Lottery is UK's largest lottery, which was set up under government licence in 1993. Games such as Lotto and Thunderball are available in the UK lottery. In lottery, players choose a set of numbers, say 6 from 50, with six numbers then being drawn at random. Players win cash prizes depending on how many numbers they match.

The game of Bingo was popularised in the armed forces in the World Was II. The Betting and Gaming Act 1960 allowed commercial bingo halls to be set up, provided they were established as members-only clubs and had to get their take from membership fees and charges rather than as a percentage of the entry fees.

The Gambling Act of 2005 paved the way for larger resort style casinos to be built. Many towns and cities bid to host one of these so-called "super casinos", which will be similar to those found in Las Vegas, where Manchester was announced as the winning bid for the casino's location on 30 January 2007.

In the UK, the sports gambling has a very long history where it was under strict control for decades and recently relaxed after the 1960 Act legalised off-course bookmakers. Pool betting on horses is a monopoly of the state-owned Tote.

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