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Gambling Act 2005

The Gambling Act 2005 is the main legislation in the UK designed to regulate all forms of gambling, such as betting and lotteries, in order to prevent minors from accessing such services. The Act also aims to prevent crime and make the gambling sector more transparent by shifting the responsibility for licensing gambling from magistrates’ courts to local authorities. 

To achieve these goals, the Gambling Act 2005 lists what is not allowed and the penalties for non-compliance with the Act. As a result, the Act created the Gambling Commission. Additionally, the Gambling Act 2005 specifically regulates online gambling for the first time.

Frequently asked questions

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What are the Fines for Non-Compliance with the Gambling Act 2005?

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The UK’s Gambling Commission can impose fines for companies that violate the Gambling Act 2005. 

In general, non-compliance fines vary and can be:

  • A percentage of annual revenue 
  • Fixed penalties (depending on the scale of the violation)

Operators who fail to comply can also have their licenses revoked or suspended.

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Is Gambling Legal in the UK?

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What are the Main Objectives of the Gambling Act 2005?

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Who’s Affected by the Gambling Act 2005?

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What are the Main Regulations for Gambling in the UK?

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What is the Difference Between Gambling and Gaming?

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How Do Fraudsters Launder Funds in Gambling?

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