Gambling in the United Kingdom is regulated by the Gambling Commission on behalf of Their government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) under the Gambling Act 2005.
This Act of Parliament significantly upgraded the UK’s gambling laws, including the debut of a new structure of protections for children and vulnerable adults, as well as bringing the burgeoning Internet gaming industry within British law for the first time.
Gambling for centuries has been a recreational activity in Great Britain.  Horse racing was a favorite theme for three centuries.  It has been heavily regulated.  Historically much of the opposition comes from social reformers, and from evangelical Protestants.
Betting for centuries has been a recreational activity in Great Britain.  Horse racing has become a theme for more than three centuries.   The oldest races were held in 1539 in Chester.  . King Charles II was an avid sportsman who gave Newmarket its prominence — he was a jockey in 1671 and build a palace for his convenience.  Ascot Racecourse began under the patronage of Queen Anne in 1711. From 1750 the Jockey Club was formed to restrain the Newmarket, preventing dishonesty, and creating for a degree field.  The five classic races started with the St Leger Stakes.  Epsom Derby started in 1780. The availability of railways facilitated the rapid growth of the sport, making travel easy for the horses and conducting specials that attracted large crowds.  Gambling has been heavily controlled.  Historically much of the opposition stems from reformers, and out of Protestants.
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