Note: This advice is given by the CAP Executive about non-broadcast advertising. It does not constitute legal advice. It does not bind CAP, CAP advisory panels or the Advertising Standards Authority.


The Gambling Act 2005 came fully into effect on 1 September 2007. Under section 16 of the CAP Code, marketers should not exploit the young or vulnerable nor imply gambling can solve financial (Cassava Enterprises (Gibraltar) Ltd t/a Sing Bingo, 9 March 2011) or personal problems or is indispensable, a rite of passage or linked with sexual success. All gambling ads must comply with the Code and the law. The Gambling Act does not apply outside Great Britain. Specialist legal advice should be sought when considering advertising any gambling products in Northern Ireland or the Channel Islands.

Before September 2007, marketing communications for bingo halls could advertise the game of bingo but were not allowed to refer to other gambling facilities such as gaming machines. The Gambling Act allows bingo halls to refer to the other gambling facilities found on their premises. More information can be found on www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk

The Gambling (Licensing and advertising) Act 2014 will take effect on the 1st November 2014. It contains provisions relating to the licensing of gambling operators advertising or offering remote gambling facilities to consumers in the UK. We urge you to seek legal advice regarding the requirements of the act if you are unsure.

See other relevant Betting and Gaming entries.


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