The biggest change in the history of Gambling in the United Kingdom came in 1961 when Harold McMillian's government legalised betting shops under the 1960 Betting and Gaming Act. This was an unusual move for a conservative politician but it ultimately reflected the times.
In the United Kingdom, a, when were betting shops legalised, wagering outlet is actually an outlet far from a racecourse (» off-course») where one may lawfully position wagers face to face along with a qualified bookie like William Hill, Ladbrokes, or even Coral. There are actually around 9,000 wagering outlets situated in the UK.[[ 1 ]
When betting shops were legalised on 1 May 1961, up to 10,000 opened within the first six months.
William Hill founded the business as a postal / telephone betting service. On 1 May 1961, betting shops become legal. William Hill buys into betting shops and starts to acquire existing businesses. Acquisition becomes a major driver for the growth of the business over the next decades.
However in 2020, during the coronavirus crisis, many betting shops closed permanently. Legislation. Off-course betting was illegal until the Betting and Gaming Act 1960 was introduced, although bets could be placed at a racecourse ("on-course") on any event, not just the races being held at that course. Credit betting by post or telephone was legal because of a loophole in the law of "resorting to a house for the purpose of betting" was taken to mean physically resorting to the house rather ...
The government has given the go-ahead for betting shops to open for business from 1 May next year. The move follows the introduction of the new Betting and Gaming Act. The aim is to do away with...
The recommendations were taken on board and were to lead to the biggest change in the gambling industry to that point. However, progress was slow and it wasn’t until 1960 that betting shops were allowed to trade in Britain’s towns and cities. The legislation produced in the Betting and Gaming Act of 1960 had a number of facets some of which were important at the time but seem relatively minor now.
On 1 May 1961, life became easier; legal betting shops opened for the first time since the middle of the nineteenth century. The nearest to my school, a short walk away, was a seedy room in the backstreets of Croydon, managed by a formidable middle-aged blonde.