In the Gambling Act 2005 gambling is defined as betting, gaming or participating in a lottery. That definition distinguishes between activities which need to be licensed and other activities which do not.
We categorise different gambling activities into what we call sectors:
- Arcades (those for adults and those for families)
- Betting (online, at an event or in a high street bookmakers)
- Bingo (online or in a bingo hall)
- Casino (online or in a casino)
- Lotteries (raffles, tombolas, sweepstakes, etc.)
- Gaming machines (fruit machines, fixed odds betting terminals, etc.)
There are three types of amusement arcade:
- adult gaming centres (AGCs)
- licensed family entertainment centres (FECs)
- unlicensed family entertainment centres (UFECs).
AGCs and FECs require a licence from the Gambling Commission. UFECs require a permit from the local lic