Gambling’s Year in Review: What does the Government’s examination of legislation mean for Britain’s licensed operators?

December saw the long-awaited commencement of the Government’s review of the Gambling Act – the widest-ranging review of gambling legislation in Britain in two decades. The review will cover a wide range of questions regarding the extent to which betting and games of chance should be permitted and under what circumstances.

The announcement of the review followed the launch in December of the Gambling Commission’s review of remote interactions guidance – including proposals to require anyone depositing £100 or more a month to submit bank statements or tax returns in order to demonstrate affordability.

These consultations round off a tempestuous year for the licensed gambling industry – a period in which the land-based bricks and mortar casinos have suffered intensely while online casinos have thrived.