Betting and Gaming Act 1960

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Betting and Gaming Act 1960
Act of Parliament
Citation
  • 8 & 9 Eliz. 2. c. 60
  • 1960 c. 60
Dates
Commencement 1 January 1961
Other legislation
Repeals
Repealed by Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Act 1963
Relates to Gaming Act 1968
Status: Repealed
Records of Parliamentary debate relating to the statute from hansard.millbanksystems.com

The Betting and Gaming Act 1960 was a British Act of Parliament that legalised additional forms of gambling in the United Kingdom.

The Act[edit]

Based on the recommendations of the Royal Commission on Betting, Lotteries and Gaming, 1949–51,[1] the act came into force on 1 January 1961 and first allowed gambling for small sums in games of skill such as bridge.[2] From May 1961 betting shops were allowed to open.[3]

Until 1965 about 16,000 licences were granted by local magistrates.[4]

Consequences[edit]

The opening of betting shops affected the greyhound racing industry in the United Kingdom with attendances suffering throughout Britain. From 1961-1969 there were 21 National Greyhound Racing Club (NGRC) registered track closures[5] and many independent (unaffiliated to a governing body) track closures. The act is regarded as one of the primary reasons for the decline of greyhound racing with 91 NGRC track closures alone recorded from 1960-2010.[6]


References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Betting and Gaming Act, 1960". Journal of Criminal Law. 25 (2): 149–55. 1961. doi:10.1177/002201836102500209. 
  2. ^ "On this day: 1 September 1960 Game on for British betting shops". BBC News Online. 1 September 2008. Retrieved 6 October 2014. 
  3. ^ Stan Hey (5 April 2008). "Our national love affair: a history of the betting shop". The Independent. Retrieved 6 October 2014. 
  4. ^ Rock, Graham (2001-04-29). "Past, present and future of legal betting". the Guardian. Retrieved 2016-07-14. 
  5. ^ Genders, Roy (1981). The Encyclopedia of Greyhound Racing. Pelham Books Ltd. ISBN 07207-1106-1. 
  6. ^ Hobbs, Jonathan (2007). Greyhound Annual 2008. Raceform. ISBN 978-1-905153-53-4. 

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