The regulation of virtually all gambling in the U.K. is under the provisions of the Gambling Act 2005. This permits and regulates online gambling of all kinds apart from spread betting and the National Lottery, which are the only gambling operations that are currently regulated separately. The Gambling Commission also regulates the provision of gambling software. The Gambling Commission has regulatory and enforcement functions covering U.K. gambling, both terrestrial and online (or “remote,” as the 2005 Act calls it).
Taking into consideration the detailed regulation of gambling provided for in the 2005 Act, and the various conditions, codes and other requirements arising under it, as well as the taxation and marketing issues, and the likelihood of important regulatory changes in the near future, all operators should carefully and constantly consider all that is involved. It should be remembered that this chapter only briefly addresses some of the issues and, in particular, only begins to cover the detail in the Gambling Act 2005 (which itself runs to over 350 sections and some 18 separate schedules) and the extensive rules, regulations, codes and procedures under it.