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In the UK, a betting shop is where someone can legally place a bet in person with a licensed bookmaker such as Betfred, Coral, Ladbrokes and William Hill.
Found away from a racecourse they can also sometimes also be found at sporting venues such as football stadiums.
There are around 9,000 betting shops located in the UK as of 2020.
Gambling in the United Kingdom is fairly common, however there are strict controls in place on where and how a bet can be placed. The Gambling Commission oversees the controls and the Gambling Act 2005 covers in detail what can and cannot be done.
Until 2005, it was illegal to advertise odds outside of the shops however this has now been relaxed. Most large chain betting shops now offer a much more welcoming experience to customers. Large TV’s show sporting events, Tea and Coffee is served to entice customers to stay.