The Gambling Commission

Here's what you need to know about the Gambling Commission

The Gambling Commission is the organisation with responsibility for all gambling in Great Britain except for the National Lottery and spread betting.

The Gambling Commission are responsible for casinos, bingo halls, race tracks, betting offices, gaming machines, family entertainment centres and adult arcades and lotteries. This responsibility includes regulation for both land based and online or remote gambling. The Gambling Commission is also responsible for advising local and central government on issues relating to gambling.

The Gambling Commission is a non departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. They operate at arms length from government and their advice is independent. The Gambling Commission's work is funded mainly by licence fees from the gambling industry.

The Commission's primary role is to ensure the Gambling Act 2005 licensing objectives which are:

  • To keep crime out of gambling;
  • To ensure that gambling is conducted fairly and openly; 
  • To protect children and vulnerable people.