The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom (UK) or Britain, is a sovereign state in Europe. Lying off the north-western coast of the European mainland, the country includes the island of Great Britain—a term also applied loosely to refer to the whole country—the north-eastern part of the island of Ireland and many smaller islands.
Gaming: British Style
Gambling or Gaming is legalized in the United Kingdom. There are four (4) states with gambling facilities in the United Kingdom which have 153 legal gambling facilities available in total. The largest concentration of gaming facilities among the member states of the United Kingdom is England, with 132 gambling facilities, 1,644 table games, and 2,230 gaming, slot, and video poker machines.
The largest gambling city in United Kingdom is London, England with 26 gambling centers, 469 table games, and 265 gaming, slot, and video poker machines. The largest casino in the entire United Kingdom is Stanley Star City, which is located in Birmingham, England. Stanley Star City has 40 table games, 6 poker tables, 200 gaming and video poker machines.
A Growing Industry Sector
The United Kingdom casino and gaming industry has seen much activity lately, as casinos become popular tourist destinations. Reportedly, 13 new mega casino resorts are up for approval and development in 13 different regions within the country, these include Cardiff, Coventry, Glasgow, Middlesbrough, Newcastle, Salford and Sunderland.
Gambling Laws in the UK
Gambling in the United Kingdom is regulated by the Gambling Commission on behalf of the government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) under the Gambling Act 2005. This Act of Parliament significantly updated the UK’s gambling laws, including the introduction of a new structure of protections for children and vulnerable adults, as well as bringing the burgeoning Internet gaming sector within British regulation for the first time.
In addition to gaming in casino establishments, gambling in the United Kingdom is also allowed and regulated by law according to the following types: Lotteries (private), Bingo, Betting on sports, National Lottery, Health Lottery, Postcode Lottery, Scratchcards, and Online Casino Gaming.