Published: 27 March 2014
Q: A bookmaker recently approached me and asked me if he could visit the premises on Grand National Day to take bets from customers. He implied he would make it worth my while. Can he take a table in the pub as he requests? I have concerns as to whether it is legal.
A: Commercial betting is not permitted in alcohol licensed premises. Those who facilitate betting in pubs are providing illegal facilities for gambling and are breaking the law. Permitting the bookmaker to accept bets on your premises is an offence. The greatest risk is to your alcohol licence. Although if you allowed the bookmaker to take bets on the premises, both of you could be prosecuted, a more effective solution for the authorities would be to review your alcohol licence under the Crime & Disorder objective.
The bookmaker should not be permitted to take bets in your pub.
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