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Betting in pubs

Are bookies allowed to operate from my pub?

Q:  I own a pub in Aberdeen and, recently, I had a rather traumatic experience with a visit by officers of the Gambling Commission, the Police and the local Council.  They were raising awareness regarding betting in pubs.  I haven’t allowed bookies to operate from my pub, but I have heard rumours that they sometimes do.  Is this allowed?

A: The simple answer is no.  Commercial betting in pubs is not permitted, indeed, your Premises Licence could be at risk, under the Crime and Disorder objective, if you permit bookies to operate from your pub.  Bookmakers can leave betting slips in your premises for customers to complete, but that is about as far as it goes, and any other involvement by you is likely to be illegal.

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