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Two new London casinos, The Hippodrome and Aspers Stratford, account for much of the UK casino industry’s growth over the past five years.

The UK’s casino industry generated revenues of just under €1.4bn in 2015, a 21 percent increase on 2013, although these gains have benefitted London casinos far more than those in the rest of the country.

There are currently 148 casinos operating in the UK, four of which have opened within the past two years. All UK casinos are licensed and regulated by the Gambling Commission.

The industry has been able to create new jobs due to the four new casinos; the sector now employs 15,566 people nationwide, a 5.5 percent increase from the 14,737 employed in 2013.

Casinos are more popular than ever in the UK, with individual visits made to UK casinos in 2015 falling just short of 21m.

The majority of UK casinos are owned by two Malaysian-owned companies, Genting UK and Rank Group.

As of September 2015, there were 2,833 machines operating within UK casinos.

With the exception of so-called large casinos licensed under the 2005 regulations, UK casinos are only permitted up to 20 slot machines, but the industry is seeking to boost the limit to 80 in a bid to modernise the industry and stimulate growth.

ECA MEMBERS

ECA MEMBERS :   National Casino Forum

TERRESTRIAL CONSUMER PROTECTION / SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY MEASURE

Problem gambling prevention policies

Promotion of responsible gambling:

UK casinos are required to offer self-exclusion services and each has their own individual way of doing so.

The Gambling Commission’s Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice (LCCP) set out several social responsibility conditions with which licensed operators must comply.

According to the LCCP, the self-exclusion period should be a minimum of six months.

Additionally, casinos are required to take part in a multi-operator self-exclusion scheme in which a problem gambler can be excluded from outlets offering similar gambling facilities within their local vicinity.

Following a stream of consultations, the Gambling Commission published a revised version of its LCCP which came into effect on October 31, 2016.

The National Casino Forum (NCF) represents all land-based casinos in the UK.

According to the Gambling Commission, a national online self-exclusion scheme (NOSES) is currently in the process of being developed and is expected to launch in 2017.

As of April 2016, all casinos are required by the Gambling Commission to address how they will reduce gambling-related harm in their local area.

The Responsible Gambling Trust (RGT)which re-branded as GambleAware in late 2016, is a UK charity committed to minimising gambling-related harm.

The UK regulator, the Gambling Commission, endorses the RGT and requires its licensees to contribute to the funding of the charity, which amounts to over £6.5m annually.

The RGT funds education, prevention and treatment services and also commissions research projects in order to broaden the public’s understanding of gambling-related harm.

 

Legal Gambling Age: 18 Years Old

Smoking Ban: YES

THE REGULATED MARKET

NATURE OF THE CASINO MARKET

Terrestrial:Multiple licences, 186 1968 (converted) Gambling Act Licences. 16 2005 Gambling Act Licences. 1 regional 2005 Gambling Act casino licence.

Online: Multiple licences, not capped

 

REGULATED CASINO GAMES

Terrestrial: Games of chances, which include games comprising an element of chance and an element of skill, such as roulette, poker and baccarat. Within licensing limits, casinos may also offer a limited number of gaming machines.

Online:Casino games, including all table games, poker and online slot machines.

 

RESPONSIBLE REGULATOR FOR TERRESTRIAL AND ONLINE CASINO GAMES

The Gambling Commission.

Size of illegal gambling market

No verifiable data is available.

Market protection measures/tools to tackle illegal gambling

Website blocking is not permitted in the UK. However, there are advertising restrictions in place and the Advertising Standards Authority is the responsible body for regulating all forms of advertising.

THE ILLEGAL MARKET

Market Protection Measures / Tools to Tackle Illegal Gambling:

Website blocking is not permitted in the UK. However, there are advertising restrictions in place and the Advertising Standards Authority is the responsible body for regulating all forms of advertising.

HIGH-LEVEL MARKET DATA

Currency : British pound (GBP)

Population:65,138,23
(Source:The World Bank)

GNI (2014, Local Currency, Millions): 17,44,638
(Source: Eurostat)

Internet Penetration (Internet Users):91.6%
(Source: The World Bank)

Mobile Penetration (Mobile Cellular Subscriptions): 124%
(Source: The World Bank)

Doing Business Ranking (June 2015):6
(Source: World Bank Group)

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Last Updated: 1st September 2016