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Top tips: social bingo revival within licensed premises

By Richard Bradley, solicitor, Poppleston Allen

Since the reopening of the hospitality industry, there has been a rise in the entertainment offered within premises as they look to innovate in their offering to attract the return of customers.

Game on: ‘A question I have been asked a lot is whether gaming machines are allowed on licensed premises following the updated Covid-19 rules and guidance’ (Image: d1sk/Getty Images)


Level-up: key requirements for pub gaming machines

By Poppleston Allen

As we enter a new period of trading, it is worth brushing up on some of the key requirements for gaming machines in licensed venues in England and Wales.

Big gamble: Martin Dickie (left) and James Watt


BrewDog founders' 'big bet' on US shares

By James Evison

Co-founders of BrewDog are to undertake a 'big bet' at a roulette table that could see crowdfunding investors double their stake in the firm.

Gaming machine

Gaming machines: Q&A

By Poppleston Allen

'Can you have a Fixed Odds Betting Terminal (FOBT) in a pub?', and other questions, answered by the Publican Morning Advertiser's legal writers.

Some publicans need clarification on the law regarding betting in pubs

Race is on for advice about betting in pubs

By Nick Arron

We regularly receive queries from confused publicans regarding betting in pubs, particularly at this time of the year with the end of the jump season fast approaching.

Licensees could face a year in prison and/or a fine if convicted of facilitating illegal betting

Legal checklist: Betting activity in pubs

By Poppleston Allen

The recent introduction of changes to planning laws aims to give businesses greater flexibility to adapt to changing business needs; however, the changes have led to some incorrect reports that licensees are now able to allow betting in their pubs and...

All bets are off: Commercial betting in pubs is illegal

Betting in pubs: Try not to gamble your licence away

This is a great year for sport. The Euro 2012 football tournament has begun, Australia and South Africa are coming to test our cricketers (the West Indies are already here), and of course, the crowning glory is the Olympic Games.

Gambling law: Licensing officers face difficulties, says Coulson

The thicket that is gambling law

By Peter Coulson

Some of you may not agree, but I have a great deal of sympathy for local authority licensing officers. With their councils strapped for cash and looking to cut services, they still have to cope with a multitude of licensing problems, not just to do with...

Major shareholders at M&B revealed

Major shareholders at M&B revealed

By Gemma McKenna

A further three racing magnates have been revealed as major shareholders in Mitchells & Butlers. Together Michael Tabor, Dermot Desmond and...

Game for a profit

Game for a profit

Offering poker in pubs has really caught on. Graham Ridout leads off a four-page special on entertainment with a look at how to make poker a success...

What betting is legal? Q Can you tell me what sort of betting transactions are actually illegal on licensed premises? For example, is it OK for a man...

New gambling laws come in tomorrow

New gambling laws come in tomorrow

The trade is preparing for the new gambling legislation which will come into effect tomorrow. There are fears some licensees will be caught out...



Poker and great food are two ways to draw consumers back into the pub, says David Elliott I have been amazed during recent conversations with...

Peter Coulson

Do your homework ahead of race nights

By Peter Coulson

As the Gambling Act begins to take effect during this year, it is important for readers to examine the types of betting and gaming that they are...