UK gambling industry now takes £14bn a year from punters – report

Annual sum gambling firms win from their customers has risen 65% since gambling laws were liberalised a decade ago

The British gambling industry has ballooned in size over the past decade, thanks to the growth of online games and the liberalisation of gambling laws by Tony Blair’s government.

The Gambling Act 2005, which came into force in 2007, opened the door to TV advertising for sports betting, online casinos and poker, giving betting companies direct access to people’s homes.

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