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Border P2P 1st December 2019
After 15mm of rain in the last 24 hours the going on the racecourse has turned Heavy, Heavy/waterlogged in places - race organisers have made the sad decision to cancel the meeting (updated 11.30 am Thursday 28th November)


Additional AWT fixture at Lingfield Park on Saturday 30 November


Cheltenham Festival 2020 Ticket prices (Group rate 15+) via the BRBA/ESBA


Tattersalls Enclosure

@ £40 per person (Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday) (normal group rate £46pp or without group rate £48pp)

@ £55 per person (Friday) (normal group rate £66pp or without group rate £68pp)

Best Mate Enclosure

@ £25 per person (Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday) (normal group rate £31pp or without group rate £33pp)

@ £40 per person (Friday) (normal group rate £51pp or without group rate £53pp)

These rates are only available until 29th November 2019.
The above date has changed from the 4th December.

Updated 21/11/2019


2018/2019 The Point to Point calendar is now up, please remember some of these dates can be rearranged and as soon as we get the new date they will be posted in the "Point to Point Lists" section.
05/10/2018

AGT REGISTRATION
When sending in the certificate of discharge form for the 57th Levy period members may wish to blank out the figure in Profits on Leviable Bets as this is for the HBLB’s use only.
27/11/2018

Assistance from the Gambling Commission in obtaining  your licence for AGT registration 2019.

Operators need to log on to their account via e-services – a link is provided in the document and it takes operators directly to the e-services login page.  Once an email address and password are correctly entered it will take operators to their Home screen as shown.  To generate a copy of their licence they just click the ‘Generate licence’ option.  They can then save a copy of their licence which they can email across to the AGT. (Click here)
16/11/2018


NOTICE TO MEMBERS
Your 2019-2020 Subscription renewals are being sent out next week along with a letter from the Gambling Commission for your consideration.
27/02/2019


The Annual draw for the Rewards4Racing points for those members who bought their discounted Grand National Tickets through the Association will take place at this year’s AGM.

Please see the attached letter from Macmillan about the donation made from last year’s draw.
08/04/2019


The Agenda for the Directors Board Meeting to be held on Monday 10th June 2019 can be found in the Members only area of the website.
03/06/2019


P2P North West Area marketing information


NW Area marketing

This information has also all been sent out via post today to all P2P members.
27/08/2019


York Liaison Meeting

Will be held on Tuesday 26th November. Please contact the office for any points that you would like to be discussed.

Northern Area P2P Sales


The position changes can now be viewed in - PTP Bookmakers Betting List Exchange System
24/10/2019

BRBA supports Responsible Gambling Week 2019

The BRBA is proud to support Responsible Gambling Week, an industry-wide campaign to trigger a national conversation about what it means to gamble responsibly.

Responsible Gambling Week 2019, which takes place from November 7th – November 13th under the hashtag #RGWeek19, is the public face of the industry’s year-round commitment to promote safer gambling, with more than 120,000 staff at thousands of gambling venues and online sites taking part.

The campaign is led by the Industry Group for Responsible Gambling, comprised of all the gambling trade associations, and in Ireland by the Irish Bookmakers Association. The objective is to trigger a national conversation about safer gambling, highlighting the tools, advice and help available to customers, and the initiatives being taken by operators to promote social responsibility throughout the year.

The campaign has also attracted the support of the Racecourse Association and the British Horseracing Authority, who will support Responsible Gambling Week 2019, on their website and across their social channels.

The BRBA is joining with other industry groups in helping to promote the five key responsible gambling behaviours:

·         Only spend what you can afford

·         Set your limits for time and money

·         Gambling is not the answer to any problem

·         Gambling when angry or upset is not a good idea

·         Gambling shouldn’t interfere with your personal relationship 

More details may be found on a new website www.responsiblegamblingUK.org, which will act as an information hub, providing a comprehensive one-stop service for consumers all year round, educating them about all aspects of responsible gambling.
01/11/2019


The Office phone will be down today but can still be contacted via email.
01/10/2019

TRP Data


Bookmakers who have elected to have their TRP data monies paid to them by the BRBA will now have received their payment without deduction.

12/08/2019

Point to Point

The PTP exchange system has been updated for the 2019/2020 season.
24/05/2019York Music Days

York have agreed the betting badge will be 6x admission for these events.
20/05/2019

TRP Data Payments

All payments have been made today for those that signed up with the BRBA.

17/05/2019


On the 3rd July at Thirsk Races, 6th Regiment Royal Logistics Corps will be utilising the infield, where they are setting-up ‘camp’ and are expecting to entertain circa 350 of their soldiers for racing.


Thirsk therefore proposes to open 3 pitches, allocated by the contract to traders who are independent of each other, and replenishment will take place in both areas.
10/05/2019

Message from Ripon

Annual Betting Badge Fee 2019
11/04/2019

Message from Wetherby

Wetherby, Flat Racing
10/04/2019

Message from Thirsk Racecourse

25/03/2019

TRP Data
All payments have been made today and should start showing in your accounts shortly.
08/02/2019

Message for Cheltenham Bookmakers Saturday 15 December

I would like to thank all of the the hardy bookmakers and their staff who demonstrated great tenacity and perseverance by braving the wet & stormy weather last Saturday to provide a betting service to those racegoers that did venture outside for the value!

Merry Christmas and I look forward to welcoming you back on New Years Day with fingers crossed for much kinder weather.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

David Mackinnon
Head of Operations
18/12/2018



THIRSK LADIES DAY SATURDAY 7th SEPTEMBER 2019

 
There will be once again a hospitality tent in the centre of the course with between 150 & 200 guests and there will be 2 bookmakers positions available on the 1:1 allocation with replenishment.

The fee will be based on 6 times the members badge fee of £30 so the badge fee for the day is £180 + AGT daily fee + £30 for each worker.
30/08/2019


Link for all race goers is the charity race on Friday 30th August at Thirsk - 13:30
29/08/2019


The office will be closed on Friday 30th August and will reopen on Monday 9th September.
28/08/2019

The family of Colin Webster, the former rails bookmaker who peacefully passed away after a short illness on August the 14th 2019 in Harrogate, would like to extend a warm welcome to anybody who knew him to a service to celebrate his life.

This will take place on Thursday 29th August 2019 at 1.40pm.

It will be held at:
Stonefall crematorium
Wetherby Road
Harrogate
HG3 1DE
Opposite the show ground.

Followed by afternoon tea at the Country Living Hotel St George 1 Ripon Road Harrogate HG 1 2SY.
Big Col loved a scone with clotted cream and jam.

Family flowers only donations to Alzheimer’s Research UK.
19/08/2019


Scouting For Girls Thirsk Racecourse 16th August 2019
 

Revised pitching in times for the above evening are;

90 minutes Tatts, Rails & Woolpack.
1 hour Family enclosure.
31/07/2019


The office will be closed Thursday 8th & Friday 9th.
07/08/2019


Southwell's 25th July fixture to begin at 11.25am due to forecast temperatures
24/07/2019


18th & 25th July fixtures at Worcester abandoned - new fixtures at Ffos Las on 18th July and Southwell on 25th July
15/07/2019


We are deeply saddened to inform you all of the passing of Stephen Conway on 9th July.
'Steve' was very well  known on the racecourse as Bookmaker, Tic-Tac and latterly workman.
The funeral will take place on Monday July 22nd at Doncaster Crematorium at 10.00am.
Doncaster Crematorium,
Ascot Avenue,
Cantley,
DN4 6HE.
RIP Steve.
10/07/2019

It is with great sadness to announce that we have been informed of the death of the standing member of the Point to Point Committee up until his retirement of Tony Charlesworth.
R.I.P. Tony.


Service at All Saints Church, Hunmanby on Tuesday 16th July at 2pm, followed by burial.
Updated 01/07/2019


New fixture at Ffos Las on Wednesday 26 June following abandonment of Worcester

24/06/2019


The office will be closed Tuesday 18th June until Monday 24th June.

12/06/2019

Peter Collins Funeral Arrangements

We have recently heard Peter Collins a long-standing member of the East of Scotland association had passed over the weekend and we send our thoughts to his family and friends at this time.

His funeral will be held at:

Mortonhall Crematorium
30B Howden Hall Road,
Edinburgh
EH16 6TX
On Saturday 1st June at 11am.
24/05/2019


Important Message for Epsom Downs Derby List Bookmakers


Information about buying betting badges
21/05/2019


The office will be closed on Friday 31st May.
30/05/2019


Music Live Bookmaker Package

The package entitles bookmakers with 20% discount off the on the gate price at the following meetings. The package must be bought in advance online or at the racecourse main reception no later than Friday 17th May.

18th May - Jess Glynne,
29th June - Rita Ora,
20th July - Madness,
18th August - James.

To order your package:

1. Click Here
2. Enter BOOKMAKER into the Voucher Code box at the bottom of the page. Click Apply Code.
3. The bookmaker package will appear at the top of the page. Select and purchase.

Please bring your booking confirmation with you to each event. This should be presented at the bookmaker turnstile at pitching up.

The Champagne Lawn supplement is not included in the package and will continue to be paid on the day of each event.

15/05/2019


Chris Hudson and Steve Price will be attending the Market Rasen BLC on the 20th May and should any members wish to raise any matters please email the office.
30/04/2019


Additional fixture at Ffos Las on the 14th May to replace Wincanton.

13/05/2019


Monday 29th April & Tuesday 30th April fixtures originally scheduled for Ayr have now been transferred to Newcastle.
24/04/2019


Nick Daisley and Steve Price will be attending the Ascot BLC on the 25th April and should any members wish to raise any matters please email the office.
17/04/2019


P2P Notice

Opting in/out will still take place as usual this Friday by 12PM.
16/04/2019


Message from Pontefract Racecourse

"We will be offering the annual bookmakers betting badge again this year, it will be at the same discount as last year i.e. 85% of the aggregate Daily Betting Badge Fee for each scheduled raceday.

This calculates at £1242.70 for Rails and Tatts (upper and lower pitches) and £438.60 for Picnic which is payable in advance of the first Race Meeting.

The Marketing Fee and Betting Administration Fee are payable in addiction to the Annual Fee.

I hope this is ok, if you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact us.

Kind regards
Pontefract Racecourse"
08/04/2019


Dave Peckham will be attending the Epsom BLC on 11th April and should any members wish to raise any matters please email the office.

02/04/2019


The office will be closed on Thursday 4th and Friday 5th April 2019.
01/04/2019

Message for Aintree and Cheltenham Bookmakers - Online Betting Badge Purchase


For all online badge purchases at Aintree & Cheltenham please use the links below to arrive at the correct site.  As usual use the JCRAGT code and purchase required daily betting badges in the normal manner. Please note for the time being admission badges continue to need to be purchased in a separate transaction.


Aintree
 
Bookmaker Steeplechase Day Badges Grand National Day 2019
 
Bookmaker Tattersalls Day Badges Grand National Day 2019

Please note that public admission tickets for Grand National Day Festival Zone (Tatts) is sold out. However, bookmakers may still buy badges for themselves and their staff by clicking on the link below and entering the JCRAGT code in the promotion box.

Entrance Badges Grand National 2019

 
Cheltenham
 
Bookmakers Best Mate Day Badges for the Festival 2019

Bookmakers Tattersalls Day Badges for The Festival 2019
Updated 18/03/2019


Grand National Tickets 2019
There are no delivery charges this year unless specifically requested as the tickets will be available from the office or via the Directors at the course at,or after the Cheltenham Festival.

If you require the tickets posting please add £2 for signed for first class  (maximum compensation £50)
Or £6.50 special delivery (maximum compensation £500).
17/12/2018


The Agenda for the Directors Board Meeting to be held on Monday 25th March 2019 can be found in the Members only area of the website.
18/03/2019


Six additional fixtures confirmed between 20-28 February
The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has today announced that six additional fixtures will take place between 20-28 February following the loss of six days of racing due to equine influenza. The fixtures are as follows, with two Flat floodlit fixtures followed by four Jump fixtures:

Chelmsford City - Wednesday 20 February
Wolverhampton - Thursday 21 February
Catterick - Friday 22 February
Uttoxeter - Monday 25 February
Ffos Las - Tuesday 26 February
Musselburgh - Thursday 28 February

15/02/2019

Southwell's 18,22,28 February & 5 March fixtures moved The British Horseracing Authority has today confirmed that four of Southwell's upcoming fixtures have been moved as follows:

18 February - moved to Newcastle
22 February -  moved to Chelmsford City
28 February - moved to Kempton Park
5 March - moved to Wolverhampton

This is because the original fixtures were due to be floodlit and there has been a delay in installing floodlights at Southwell.
21/01/2019


Racing Returns on Wednesday!
Racing Post

Point to Points confirmed to be on
Point to Point News
Updated 13/02/2019

Brocklesby Point to Point
"After an anxious few days we have the good news that the BHA last night announced that racing can resume so the point to point is on. We look forward to seeing you all on Saturday.

We have an excellent entry of quality horses – for full preview. www.midlandspointing.com"
12/02/2019

Notice from Brocklesby Point to Point
As with everyone else in the racing world we are waiting for the BHA announcement about the resumption of racing on Monday, all arrangements are in place to run the Brocklesby Point to Point on 16th Feb and we will be racing if we can.
08/02/2019


Brocklesby Point  on Saturday 16th February

"Plans are well in hand for Brocklesby Point to Point meeting on 16th Feb. The course has been well prepared and preliminary course inspection last week gave the going as good – next going update 6th Feb. There is an excellent grass cover on the course and hopefully we should attract a good entry as there are no other meetings scheduled for Sat 16th Feb . Also we are aware that there are a number of horses still to make their first appearance this season hoping for softer ground. Some rain and warmer weather is forecast this week. The committee has been working hard promoting the meeting locally  through fliers and road side signs and lots of posts on Facebook, and more tickets have been given out to sponsors and local farmers etc , so we are expecting a good crowd. Making lots of effort to provide heated bar and joint promotion of an after race party at the local pub the New Inn. Can’t control the weather, but we have done everything we can to make it a good days racing to attract a good crowd."

Picture below taken from last years meeting.
brocklesby 17feb18-025
05/02/2019


The Aintree/Grand National Bookmakers Liaison Committee meeting will be held on Monday 4th February.
If any bookmaker wants anything raised please email the office.
24/01/2019




Members are reminded to submit their Annual Regulatory Returns via the eServices on the Gambling Commission Website.

For those Members with a period ending 31st December 2018, their return must be submitted no later than 11th February.
22/01/2019

Peter Harrison
It is with great sadness to announce the death of long-standing member Peter Harrison, who traded as George Howe for over 50 years. Our deepest sympathies go to David and his family.

The funeral will be at Lawnswood Cemetery, Otley Road, Leeds, LS16 6AH on Tuesday 5th February at 3pm.

R.I.P. Peter

21/01/2019


The Agenda for the Directors Board Meeting to be held on Sunday 20th January 2019 can be found in the Members only area of the website.
11/01/2019


Meeting Transfers
The first two meetings that were scheduled to take place under floodlights at Southwell have been transferred to allow more time for the supply and installation of power cables.

Tuesday 29th January Southwell has been transferred to Wolverhampton
Tuesday 5th February Southwell has been transferred to Newcastle
04/01/2019


Meeting transfer
Towcester fixture on the 31st January has been moved to Fakenham.
18/12/2018


The office will be closed on Monday 4th February.
01/02/2019

Percy P2P is called off
 
"Due to the present weather and the forecast we are not going to be able to run this Sunday.
 
We are currently looking at alternative dates."
01/02/2019

We have just been informed that there will be an additional fixture at Wolverhampton Friday 1st February.30/01/2019

The office is closed until the 21st January.

Anything urgent please try contacting one of the Directors for help, if it can wait email the office directly or via the "Contact Us" page on the left.
11/01/2019


The Agenda for the Directors Board Meeting to be held on Monday 15th October can be found in the Members only area of the website.

08/10/2018


Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

18/12/2018, Updated 28/12/2018


Grand National 2019 Ticket Information
- (Click Here) Closing date 21st December 2018.

29/10/2018
The office will be closed after today until Thursday 27th December at 9:00 - 14:00.
Hope you all have a good Christmas and New Year!
Leigh
21/12/2018


Fixture change - Towcester’s scheduled fixture has been moved to Hexham on the 20th December.
21/11/2018


TRP data payments have been made today and should start showing in accounts shortly.
09/11/2018

We are pleased to announce that after his operation Eddie Webster long standing member of the Tom Webster firm is recovering well at home.
05/11/2018

Additional floodlit fixtures agreed by BHA, Racecourses and Horsemen due to high elimination ratesThe British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has today announced that an additional floodlit fixture will be staged each week for the next eight weeks having been agreed by British Racing's tripartite structure of BHA, Racecourses and Horsemen. 

This is to provide additional opportunities for the high number of horses that have been eliminated from races in recent weeks as well as large numbers of horses that are looking for opportunities as the Flat season draws to a close. Since the beginning of September, there have been over 1,500 eliminations from Flat races.

The first of the eight fixtures will be on Thursday 18 October at Wolverhampton and then as follows:

Wednesday 24 October - Chelmsford City 
Thursday 1 November - Newcastle
Wednesday 7 November - Chelmsford City
Thursday 15 November - Kempton Park 
Wednesday 21 November - Wolverhampton 
Thursday 29 November - Kempton Park
Wednesday 5 December - Newcastle

15/10/2018


It is with great sadness I would like to inform you of the passing of my Grandfather Arthur Turner, who died at home on Tuesday age 93.
Arthur started bookmaking in the 1960’s trading as ‘Arthur Turner Bookmakers Ltd’, he was a prominent figure and a colourful character on all the Northern Racecourses for over 4 decades, and a valued member of the NBPA. He was joined by his eldest son Russell in the early 1970’s and then by his eldest Grandson Steven in the early 1990’s. Arthur retired from the racecourse in 2001.
Arthur Turner Funeral Details
Thursday 29th November 12.30pm
St Andrews Church, Hesleden Road, Blackhall Colliery, Hartlepool, TS27 4LG.
R.I.P Arthur.
23/11/2018


Additional Jump fixture at Hereford on Monday 19 November.

14/11/2018


Gambling Commission Compliance Workshop
The Date for the second course has now been arranged for 16th October at Redcar Racecourse commencing at 11.00 am.

The BRBA will pay the fees but members will be asked to pay a booking fee of £20 towards the room hire and catering costs.
Places will be limited and those wishing to attend please confirm with the office.

A certificate of attendance will be provided.
Please follow the link below for the agenda which will be much along the lines as the one held at Dewsbury.

Agenda

21/08/2018


John Willis ( John Burrows)

Good News !! Following a successful hip operation after his fall at York on Saturday John is recovering well in York District Hospital.
12/09/2018


The Towcester fixture scheduled for the 10th October has been transferred to Southwell.
11/09/2018


Cheltenham Bookmaker/Racecourse Liaison meeting on Mon 8th October. If anybody has specific issues they would like raising please email the office or call Nick Daisley directly.
03/10/2018


Chepstow on the 13th September has been transferred to Ffos Las and Chepstow on the 18th September has been transferred to Lingfield.
05/09/2018



THIRSK LADIES DAY SATURDAY 8th SEPTEMBER 2018
 
There will be once again a hospitality tent in the centre of the course with 250 guests and there will be 2 bookmakers positions available on the 1:1 allocation with replenishment.
The fee will be based on the members badge fee of £29 so the badge fee for the day is £174 +AGT daily fee +£29 for each worker.
03/09/2018


NOTICE FROM ARENA RACING
 
The fixture on 22nd August scheduled for Bath has been transferred to Brighton.
14/08/2018

The agenda for the Board Meeting for 11th June can be found in the Members area.

04/06/2018

NOTICE FROM ARENA RACING
 
The fixture on 22nd August scheduled for Bath has been transferred to Brighton.
14/08/2018

DATA PAYMENTS

The Association is pleased to give the following update.

1. TRP  period  01.04.2018> >30.06.2018

  We have submitted Bookmakers payments and they are being processed for payment for early next week.

2. RMG period 01.04.2018> 30.06.2018

We understand that payment along with supporting documentation will be issued and made this week. Those Bookmakers who followed the associations advice and signed within the requested time period will also receive the bonus. We cannot speak for those that didn’t follow our guidelines.

3. Turf TV 2017-2018
 
These have been made in full by the BRBA and for those that did not elect to receive payments via the BRBA, we have instructed our Solicitors to establish if a payment is to be made from the FRB for this period.

All updates will be posted as and when they occur.
02/08/2018

The Gambling Commission have requested that we share their Important lessons for the betting industry on Rule 4 application’. Whilst this case centred on an operator in the online sector, the Commission confirmed that Rule 4 complaints have been made to them previously in relation to the alleged conduct of on-course bookmakers. By way of example, you may recall the media coverage surrounding the non-participation of Cockney Wren at Cheltenham on 1 Jan 2017. The Commission concluded that anything that is, or could be perceived as, unfair risks damaging the reputation of the industry as a whole and therefore they expect all betting operators to ensure that they treat customers fairly in relation to R4 application.
16/07/2018


New! YORKSHIRE AREA P2P BETTING LIST EXCHANGE SYSTEM FOR 2018/2019 SEASON


Position changes are now up!


Updated 23/07/2018



At the request of members, we have contacted the FRB as to why the Data payments for 2017 were not paid at the end of May 2018, over a year in arrears which would have been consistent with previous years. We have been told that the payment process should be completed soon but declined to give any level of daily payment.
18/06/2018

Gambling Commission Compliance Workshops update.
Please follow this link for the latest update.
18/06/2018

TurfTV Data
All members who followed the boards advice and signed the TTV data contract will this week receive their final data payments from AMRAC at the agreed rates of over £21/£7 per day for the year ended 31st March 2018, with the year ended 31/03/2017. Paid in full last year.
30/04/2018


Rewards4Racing points Draw
All those people that purchased Grand National tickets via the office were added into a draw for the points and 3 random people have been picked out of a hat who will receive an equal share of £48 off their next order of tickets through us.

G Billington,
A Geraghty,
and our third person has kindly asked us to donate his share to Macmillan Nurses.

The draw was based on the number of tickets bought by each person giving them 1 entry per ticket ordered (not including car park badges).
17/04/2018

Compliance workshops – a thank you from the Commission

Over the past year or so the Commission has been pleased to support 4 compliance workshops for on-course bookmakers.  They have been held in London, Birmingham, Dewsbury and Scotland.  They have represented a fantastic opportunity for us to meet around 200 operators and reps.  The level of attendance by the sector has been fantastic and reflects positively on your desire to get things right.  I would also like to acknowledge the huge efforts made by those responsible for arranging the days – without you we couldn’t have made the events the success they were.

Preventing underage betting remains the no.1 priority for the sector.  We therefore wanted to share the Best Practice tips provided by Serve Legal who undertake the Think 21 testing on the racecourses.  Hopefully it will help you and your teams to continue to improve performance in this area.

We hope to run further events in the future so if you couldn’t make it this time then please try to attend next time.  For those that did attend, if you have any feedback on how the events could be made better please contact me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or you can provide your thoughts through members of the AGT, FRB or BRBA.
Serve Legal Age Verification Tips

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Important Notice from Wetherby Racecourse
09/04/2018

DATA
1. Following the concerns raised by members on the forum, we have been assured by RMG that all Bookmakers who have signed before the 31st March Deadline  will have a signed contract returned from them W/C 2nd April 2018.
 
2. All Bookmakers who signed the TTV contract will have received payment for the period 28.02.2018 today on the previous basis of £21 & £7 per day, with the March payment to follow shortly.
 
3. The TRP payments for the period to 31.03.2018 which will include the £150 for all those who have achieved 3 days will be processed this month.
04/04/2018

Important message
Members are advised to read the March 2018 update from the GC
31/03/2018

Important message
Members are strongly advised to read this notice from the Gambling Commission.
We will update you with more details when they are available. 
26/03/2018


Members will have received yet another communication from the FRB.
For the avoidance of doubt for those Bookmakers who followed this Associations advice you need to do nothing as your payments as long as you provide your data, are guaranteed for the full 5 year term.
02/03/2018

Till Roll Price Change
The BRBA has been supplying its members with high quality till tolls delivered to their chosen address, for their convenience for over seven years at the same price, as any price increase has been absorbed by the Association.

Regrettably the factors listed on the attached document has forced us to increase the price to £115 for 4 boxes delivered or £30 per box on individual basis. 

We will of course use all reasonable endeavours such as bulk buying to mitigate any future price increases. 

Members still have the benefit of the cheapest product on the market which has the begambleaware logo on the back.

Letter 1 / Letter 2
20/02/2018

Some members will have received a letter from the FRB regarding member's data payments. The FRB ask that members allow their data payments to go to the FRB who would then return the payment to you as a dividend. We strongly advise that you do NOT allow the FRB to collect and administer your data payments.

As regards the Gambling Commission we would like to make the following clear:
Our work with the Gambling Commission is on going and all matters regarding this area are being addressed. We will update you as we have done before in our Spring Newsletter.
09/02/2018


MEMBERS WILL NOW HAVE RECEIVED ANOTHER LETTER FROM THE FRB.
THE ASSOCIATIONS ADVICE IS UNCHANGED PLEASE SEE THE NOTICE AND LETTER ON 30th OCTOBER LAST YEAR.
04/01/2018


Members are reminded to submit their Gambling Commission Regulatory Returns which can be found on the E Services page of their website.

Members are also reminded that if they are trading at an unlicensed track (for example, at PTP or harness racing) the venue must ensure they do hold an appropriate Occasional Use Notice.  The Gambling Commission have written to the PTP and harness racing communities reminding them of this requirement but they also advise that they would expect licensed bookmakers to undertake appropriate due diligence in this regard too.  In short, licensed bookmakers shouldn’t operate from venues that are committing premises offences under the Gambling Act 2005. The Association will use all reasonable endeavours to  ensure that where we administer the Bookmakers lists there is an Occasional use Notice in place but it is ultimately the Operators responsibility to check.
11/01/2018


BRBA P2P 2017/2018 SEASON - Please read
07/12/2017

Bookmakers are advised to ignore recent correspondence from the FRB until we receive the information requested below, on the matter dated the 30/10/2017.
11/11/2017


Notice from the Gambling Commission on prevention of underage gambling - (Corrected Letter)
08/11/2017

REQUEST FOR FRB’s DISTRIBUTABLE CASH RESERVES ( Link to the letter )
In response to the AGM’s concerns about the FRB we wrote to Barlow Robins their solicitors requesting the FRB’s cash reserves at 30th September 2017.
You will see from their solicitor's reply that whilst that they accept the FRB pay out a year in arrears they are not prepared to provide any further information.
Please note the FRB's position, as set out in the letter from their solicitors and feel free to take this into account when responding to any further correspondence from the FRB.
30/10/2017


RMG Contract
Bookmakers will have by now received a contract from RMG for the sale of your Data for 5 Years on more improved terms than the previous TTV & SiS Contact and are recommended to sign and return it.
16/10/2017

REGARDING RECENT LETTER FROM THE FRB

On receipt of the recent letter from FRB, we have clarified with RMG that the FRB is not in discussions with RMG as to data payments. RMG sought feedback from BRBA and all other bookmaker associations, including the FRB, on the individual bookmaker agreements that were sent out this week, but the FRB declined to respond.

13/10/2017


P2P News

The Cheshire Forest P2P will now be on Sunday 22nd April.
18/04/2018


Aintree Bookmakers Liaison Committee
Could members e-mail the office any issues that they want raising at the forthcoming meeting being held on the 13th Feb.
07/02/2018

I have just attended the first meeting of the Cheltenham Bookmaker/Racecourse Liaison Committee, which took place at Cheltenham Racecourse on tue 23/01/18. A summary of the meeting plus agreed action points will be posted on the AGT website shortly.
Anybody who would like a more detailed account please give me a ring. 

Nick
25/01/2018

The Agenda for the Directors Meeting on 19th February can be found in the members area of the website.
13/02/2018


Must get your betting badges online - follow instructions from the links below.

Message to Aintree Bookmakers – The 2018 Randox Health Grand National Festival
15/02/2018


Ascot Meeting
On Tuesday 10th April there will be a meeting held at Ascot about future meetings including the Royal meeting, if anyone has any questions that they want asked by Nick or Steve who will be attending please contact us.
04/04/2018

Chester Meeting
On Tuesday 10th April there will be a meeting held at Chester about future meetings. If anyone has any questions that they want to be raised contact us.
04/04/2018


You Must get your betting badges online - follow instructions from the link below.
Fri & Sat have both sold out and there will not be any badge boxes in operation on those days.

Message to Aintree Bookmakers – The 2018 Randox Health Grand National Festival

05/04/2018


Market Rasen Bookmakers Liaison Committee
Could members phone the office of any issues that they want raising at the forthcoming meeting being held on the 16th April.
07/02/2018


P2P Update

Middleton point has been cancelled on 31st March.

30/03/2018
Hurworth point has also just been cancelled on 2nd April
31/03/2018


P2P Update
Holderness has a new date for the 25th March and other date changes previously mentioned in the lists.
13/03/2018


Billy Day's Funeral

The funeral is to be held on Monday 5th February, 2:30PM at St Bede's Chapel, Teeside Crematorium.
Any flowers are welcome.
Teeside Crematorium,
Acklam Road,
Middlesbrough,
TS5 7HD.
After the service everyone will be invited to the Blue Bell Hotel on Acklam Road for refreshments.
29/01/2018


TRP payments have been made today.
Any questions give me a ring 9am-2pm, Mon-Fri.


Leigh

26/01/2018

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Billy Day who passed away peacefully in hospital yesterday morning. Billy was a long serving member who started bookmaking on course in 1972 and for a number of years was a valuable member of the NBPA Pitch Committee. Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time. Funeral details will be posted here in due course. R.I.P. Billy
22/01/2018


All those that signed up with us to do their Turf TV data claims have all been paid out today!
Hope you all have a good New Year and had a very Merry Christmas.
Leigh
27/12/2017


wetherby logo    Notice from Wetherby Racecourse Mid - week Festival Days
Friday 3rd November and Wednesday 27th December will be mid - week festivals and therefore the badge fee will be based on 6 times the entrance fee.
12/10/2017

Notice to ALL on Course Bookmakers
At the BRBA’s AGM on 17th September it was resolved that the Association’s Solicitors wrote to the FRB’s Solicitors requesting to see what funds were held by the FRB and were available to settle all outstanding Data Payments.
For the details of the letter please follow the link.
As soon as we get a reply it will be posted on this page.

05/10/2017

Thirsk Ladies Day 9th September
 
After discussions with Thirsk Racecourse we are pleased to inform you that there will be two positions available in the Hospitality Marquee in the centre of the course available on the 1:1.
 
It is expected that there will be 250 guests and the terms will be the same as previous years based on 6 x the admission to the Premier Enclosure £28 +AGT fee.
 
Any additional staff must also purchase a Premier Enclosure Badge.
30/08/2017

Self Exclusion Form
There is now a template up in the document downloads area, or here...
24/08/2017

RMG/TurfTV Letter regarding data changes
Some of you may have already recieved this letter through the post, for those that haven't yet view here.
27/07/2017


Stephen Yarborough
We are all very saddened to hear what happened at Haydock on Friday 21st July, for members wanting to support his family at this time please follow the link to a JustGiving page setup for his family.

P2P Transfers
The results of the latest transfers can be found on the forum.

TRP Data
A copy of the TRP contract is available, please print a copy of this, tick the tracks you work at and send it to:
89 Penda's Way
Crossgates
Leeds
LS15 8HN
14/07/2017

For Members who have had problems submitting their GC Returns please contact the Office.
07/07/2017


P2P Exchange Scheme
The Available positions for sale in the Yorkshire area P2P are now listed on the BRBA forum. Those wishing to buy positions should indicate this at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by July 17th.
Please login and then follow this link, it will direct you right to the post. (Don't forget to accept Cookies if asked when logging in.)

If you're needing a login for the forum please contact the office.

04/07/2017

The Agenda for the Board Meeting for Monday 10th July can be found in the Members area of the website.
29/06/2017

After a recent meeting with the BRBA it was agreed to relax the requirement for Bookmakers south of the Clock Tower in the course Enclosure to leave after the penultimate race, due to the expected size of the  crowd.

The only stipulation being that anyone staying after the penultimate race in these positions past the Clock Tower is entirely at their own risk and the Racecourse will not accept any responsibility for any damage or injury.

Please see the notice below regarding the Course Enclosure.

 

This is for the Course Enclosure only the Bustardthorpe restriction still applies. 

 

York Racecourse, Course Enclosure bookmakers are reminded that the Course Enclosure will be extremely busy on Saturday 1stJuly 2017.

Whilst Course Enclosure bookmakers can stay to trade on all races on the Saturday, all are reminded that it is their responsibility to ensure they are able to take down their pitch and leave the course safely.

Their responsibility is not only to themselves and their respective teams but also the racegoers around them.

York Racecourse advises all bookmakers on the Course Enclosure that their safe working practices on a raceday lies with themselves.”

Bookmakers in ALL enclosures are requested to put all their litter in the bins provided.

19/06/2017

Found: A tow bar for someones joint, found in the car park at Thirsk on the 20th May. Contact the office on the number in the top left of this site. Call Between 9am - 1pm, Monday - Friday.
25/05/2017

York Bookmakers pitching up times
After a meeting between York executive and Bookmaker representatives, it was decided that with immediate effect the pitching up times will be:

Rails and Tatts 90 mins all meetings
Course 90 mins all meetings (except all Saturdays and Sundays when it will be 2 hours).
18/05/2017

The Gambling Commission has issued a statement on Occasional Use Notices (OUNs) which can be found on the Gambling Commission Page of this website. (GC Page)
16/05/2017


A message for Wetherby Bookmakers regarding the Annual Flat Racing Surcharge please follow the link. (Click Here)
11/05/2017


There is a great deal of uncertainty regarding the amount of which might be paid for the data the FRB has been paid for the year ended 31.03.2016.

There has been no dereliction of duty from the board. We wrote to the FRB as early as August last year asking it to disclose its intentions with your money. We received a non-comital reply from the Secretary.

We wrote again in January detailing the various data fees that will be available to all Bookmakers that are currently held or to be held by the FRB. And for our endeavours, rather than reply themselves, got their solicitors to reply spending more of your money.

This correspondence is available for all Bookmakers to see in the document downloads section and you can draw your own conclusions.

All Bookmakers who have been persuaded by other associations or individuals, may wish to seek assurance that they will be no worse off by taking their advice.

11/05/2017


The recent HBLB form contains errors- please see the BRBA forum for an explanation of how to proceed.
08/05/2017

Members will be pleased to know that the template or the money laundering risk assessment that is required is available on the Gambling Commission page of the website or (Click Here).
25/04/2017

We would like to thank all those who have posted on the Members forum regarding the problems of filing their Gaming Duty returns.

A précis of idea is posted in the forum for members only area of the website.
25/04/2017

We have now received the first quarter attendance details for those Bookmakers who have contracted directly through us with TRP and initial payments by BACS will start to be made this week.
20/04/2017

Optins/outs Point to Points: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

If you want to be able to just click the email address link and send emails as quick as possible in the future then follow these links... Download Thunderbird (Here) and follow the instructions found...(Here)
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Leigh

11/04/2017

BRBA Data payments

Starting this year it is intended to pay both TTV & TRP data payments directly by BACS.
For those members who haven’t received a cheque for the TTV February payment please
check with their Bank.
04/04/2017


The Associations updated Till Rolls with the Gambling Helpline number on the back will be available for the Randox Health Grand National.

Please order through the office in the normal way.
03/04/2017

Members latest newsletter - (Click Here)
10/03/2017

FRB- members are advised to ignore the recent letter, a rehash of the one sent out before Christmas, which we have commented upon [see below- 20/12/2016].


BOOKMAKERS' UMBRELLAS- who makes them please ?
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Members are requested to see the latest notice from the Gambling Commission regarding processing times which is on the dedicated Gambling Commission page and all new licence applicants should please note the following.

(Follow this link)
21/02/2017


Plan for Royal Ascot Village 2017.
Ascot are to introduce the Royal Ascot Village, on the heath side of the track for the Thursday, Friday and Saturday of the Royal Meeting 2017. Further details can be found on the Ascot  website at www.ascot.co.uk The plan is to relocate the heath enclosure 100 -120m East (down the track away from the winning post). Bookmakers for the Royal Ascot Village enclosure will be taken from the Heath list on a short term licence allowing a bookmaker to occupy a new betting position. Bookmaker numbers for this new enclosure are presently fairly fluid and final decisions will be based nearer the event when ticket sale numbers are known. For clarification the existing positions servicing the Village Restaurant will be unaffected. We will of coursekeep everyone informed and for clarification Ascot are looking to arrange a meeting in the coming month to discuss details. If anyone wants to talk about any aspect of this please feel free to call me.
Nick
23/01/2017


Given the rapid technological advances being made at the moment members may wish to wait before making any major purchases of new equipment until a decision is made on the new LCD boards.
18/01/2017

“I would like to thank all those members who, so generously, donated to my
retirement gift.  I was overwhelmed at the presentation of two fabulous
paintings of both rugby and cricket at Headingley (one of my favourite
places), and also some cash, which will be put to good use at our winter
home in Spain!  I intend to visit at least one Point to Point before the
end of the season and will try to get to one of the northern racecourses in
the summer. I hope then to thank some of you personally.  Best wishes to
you all for 2017.”

Linda McDonnell.

16/01/2017 


Press Notice from DCMS on Levy Reform - (Click Here)
14/01/2017

Members are advised to ignore the FRB's latest offer unless you will be having over 75 attendances in a year.
The BRBA offer has a 150 fixed fee so only those attending more than 75 days will be better off.

For those that have signed with the BRBA please follow the TRP instruction and do nothing.
As mentioned in previous Newsletters Charitable Donations for members has been addressed and when last years payments are made by the FRB are made we will update you then.
20/12/2016

Levy Replacement

Representatives of the Association met with the DCMS last Thursday and in accordance with our policy of keeping members fully informed on all industry issues our submission is available to view in the documents download section or find it here. (Click Here)
14/12/2016

FRB DATA PAYMENTS DUE FOR THE YEAR TO 31st MARCH 2016           

 Although the BRBA has arranged specified daily rate quarterly data payments for bookmakers from Turf TV Courses from 1st June 2016 and TRP courses from the 1st January 2017 ALL bookmakers are still owed their full data payments for the last financial year.

Because of the problems of certain data periods not running concurrently we have asked the FRB to

·        Specify how much of the 2016 money (usually about £1.1m) is available for distribution

·        Disclose what the payments will be to enable Bookmakers to decide which body they wish to administer their payments.

·        Bring forward these payments as the new contracts are starting and to avoid

any confusion and give Bookmakers their outstanding payments.

The FRB’s non committal reply, posted along with our request is in the downloads section. We would advise Bookmakers to seek clarity on the above points from the FRB along with how much the FRB will pay to those who have remained with them for TTV  & TRP.

You will also see in the documents section the FRB’s 2015 Accounts. After reading them we are sure you will share our concerns over the increasing  levels of expenditure out of your data money.
13/12/2016


PTP- Please can colleagues opt in/ opt out using the established procedure ONLY.

Email-  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Personal emails/ private calls/ calls to the office add an extra administrative layer and cannot be guaranteed to reach the PTP Chairman, whereas wherever he is JES will be looking at the specified email addy.
08/12/2016


Gambling Commission: have reissued licences, which you should print off and keep and have available for ID on- course, for sending to BRBA and AGT. The rest of the documents [are the rules/ conditions and codes of practice under which your licence operates, which you should obviously know], none remote and/ or remote as the case may be.
01/11/2016



Gambling Commission- Colleagues may wish to check out the relevant forum section, where current advice on compliance visits has been posted.
04/08/2016

Racecourse Association:

We have placed a dozen of their documents in the Document Download section of this website.

This might assist in clarification of colleagues' working practices from the perspective of the tracks.


Very Important Notice
 
At a meeting of the RCA Gambling Administration Group our new association was discussed. It was decided that the RCA (Racecourse Association) would recognise the BRBA (former NBPA) and encourage all racecourses to liaise with us on relevant on-course betting matters.
 
Your Board looks forward to working with racecourses on your behalf, in future.
 
This shows that the concern, expressed by some members,  that as an independent association our influence with racecourses would wane is unfounded


Board Meetings - in an effort to be more transparent, the Board will be placing the Agenda for meetings on a separate page in the Members' Area. Click "Board Meetings" on LH side of that page.


EXTREMELY IMPORTANT- FROM THE GAMBLING COMMISSION.

The NBPA Board have long warned of the consequences of underage gambling: we respectfully urge all colleagues to read this letter and take heed.


23 February 2015

To:Federation of Racecourse Bookmakers, National Association of Bookmakers, Association of Racecourse Bookmakers, Rails Bookmakers Association

On-course age verification controls

One of the key objectives set out in the Gambling Act 2005 (“the Act”) is to protect ‘children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling.1
Betting can only continue to enjoy its status as a mainstream leisure activity if it is conducted and enjoyed solely by adults. The importance society places on preventing underage gambling is reflected in the fact that it is a criminal offence under the Act for a bookmaker to permit a child or young person to place a bet.
As part of the Commission’s statutory responsibility to enforce these requirements, we wrote to on-course trade associations in June 2014 to stress that they must have robust age-verification controls in place on tracks. This followed the extremely poor results from an underage test purchasing exercise conducted at Ascot racecourse, where every one of the twenty bookmakers tested failed to challenge the underage volunteers.
Since June 2014, trade associations, coordinated by the Federation of Racecourse Bookmakers (“FRB”), have taken welcome steps to raise awareness of this issue with their members.
In addition, the FRB commissioned a major programme of test purchases at a number of tracks in December and January. The results are alarming. Over the 200 tests conducted, only 10 resulted in the tester being challenged for identification in line with a ‘Think 21’ approach.
Following the Ascot underage test purchase exercise in 2014, we confirmed that we would undertake further such exercises to monitor improvements. On 24 January 2015, we supported Cheltenham Borough Council in conducting testing of licensees at CheltenhamRacecourse. Of the 21 tests conducted, 9 resulted in a failure to challenge the volunteers, who were aged 16 and 17. The results put the on-course sector well below the level of performance of other age restricted sectors both within the gambling industry and elsewhere2.
The Commission’s concern about these serious shortcomings has been compounded by the adverse reaction from some operators in the sector, which tends to suggest a reluctance to accept and deal with the problem. We know that is not the reaction of the majority, nor of those who represent them. It is first and foremost in the on-course industry’s own interests to demonstrate a determination to make rapid and significant improvement if it is not to undermine the very light-touch regime it currently enjoys. Furthermore it is in the interests of individual operators if they are to avoid more formal enforcement action.
1s.1(c) Gambling Act 2005
2Performance for comparable challenges for off-course bookmakers average 85% for the largest operators and 75% for smaller independents

We will be making this correspondence available to the Racecourse Association and AGT as interested parties who share the Commission’s objective of raising compliance standards on tracks. Whilst we are again asking racecourses and trade associations to help communicate the need to make significant improvements in this area, ultimate responsibility for compliance rests with the individual betting licensees. To support members in these efforts, we understand the FRB will be commissioning a further ‘Think 21’ testing exercise using Serve Legal, and will be contacting those operators subject to the earlier tests. In addition, the Commission has already engaged with further local authorities who have expressed a willingness to undertake test purchase exercises at racecourses.
From a combination of further ‘Think 21’ and underage testing, the Commission will assess whether the required improvements in on-course controls are being evidenced.

Yours faithfully,
Matthew Hill
Director, Regulatory Risk & Analysis



LEVY
For those of you who don't already know, the DCMS have undertaken 3 'consultations' about the Levy with, it seems, a view to its replacement. A Racing Right has been proposed, and two models seem to be up for grabs- French [who pay 5.6% of turnover] and Australian [mooted at 10.75% of Gross Profits]. Since we already pay considerable sums to enter the tracks to bet, and furthermore pay Marketing Fees, the increased financial burden would prove the final straw to many colleagues, in terms of the viability of their businesses.
The DCMS have recognised the unique position of on course bookmakers and will be discussing a way forward.


URGENT REMINDER ABOUT NBPA/ BRBA INSURANCE

The NBPA/ BRBA would like to remind its members of their obligations to comply with our insurance policies. In order for a bookmaker to be authorised, they must hold a list position at the racecourse they are betting at, or be an authorised alternate operator registered with AGT on the day. In order for your staff to be covered by our Employer's Liability Insurance policy they must be bona fide employees either working for you or representing you, in your absence. If any bookmaker is in breach of Rule 4:4 of the contract which forbids any list position being shared, in part or full, their insurance cover for Public Liability and Employer's Liability may become invalid.

If you are a member of two Associations you can only be insured with one Association.


EACH WAY TERMS

Further to AGT's announcement on their website, we would like to remind our members that they too have the right to dispute payment of bets, even if directed to do so by a BRM. AGT/BRMs are only able to advise, and not insist, on the settlement of betting disputes, so if members feel that the instructions given are incorrect they should stand their ground and do what they feel is correct under Racecourse Rules.  
Bookmakers should display their each-way terms at all times, including what happens to the number of places and each-way fractions in the event of late withdrawals or runners not coming under starters orders.

Colleagues should have a Dispute Resolution policy, either with them or displayed in case of betting disputes.


SAFETY, SECURITY, PRIVACY:
PLEASE CONSIDER WHETHER YOU NEED TO BE ON THE OPEN ELECTORAL ROLL.

Umbrella Advertising
We remind bookmakers that they cannot use umbrellas with third party advertising on them, even if taped over. A discussion of suppliers is to be found on the forum. You will note that the only supplier of new umbrellas (as Carver the Umbrella Man is now an MEP and therefore busy doing other things) is advertising on the website, in the top right hand corner of this page.


The NAB is pursuing a 'Think 21' policy. A poster for colleagues to display on their joints has been sent out to NBPA members: it is available to colleagues in the Document Download section of the website for members to print off, laminate and display. 

The Gambling Commission see the prevention of underage gambling as a key part of their raison d' etre.

There will be continued Test Purchasing on racecourses.


SEE OUR POSITIONS FOR SALE / WANTED

You too can advertise here!

The Northern BPA Ltd would like to offer the services of our Classified Advertisement Section to ALL Bookmakers, who are licensed by the Gambling Commission, so they may offer for sale any list positions they currently hold. Please note that we are not authorised to act as an agent, we are only acting as an advertising medium, and all transactions must be carried out through AGT.

HMRC

The Directors of The Northern BPA Ltd. remind members of their obligations to HMRC, via Gaming Duty, of laying horses on the betting exchanges.

THE NORTHERN BPA LTD FORUM

Our Forum for members is now up and running.  Should any member wish to join in discussions on the Forum they should contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it giving a password for their log in details.  Full information and a User Guide will be emailed back to them once their details have been registered on the site.

Please note that there will be no anonymity.

Your real name will be shown on the Forum at all times.

IMPORTANT NEWS REGARDING NBPA/ NAB

Dear Colleague,

On 5th November 2015, we received notification from the NAB that we were no longer affiliated to them, as we had continued to withhold affiliation fees.

This will come as no surprise to members, as we have discussed this scenario with many of you individually, as well as at our AGM.

We have also, as early as the beginning of October, made our new key partners the Racecourses aware of this move and therefore it will be of little surprise to them.

At the last board meeting on 8th October 2015, it was minuted that there was £14k in affiliation fees due and it was suggested that this could be held in an Escrow Account until it was decided how to repay the non loss making element back to members.

Going forward members can expect significantly lower subscriptions with little change to their benefits.
Members can be reassured that this action has no impact on the FRB/ SIS money, distributed annually to all bookmakers irrespective of Trade Association affiliation.

We will give you further details after our board meeting on 3rd December 2015.

CG Hudson (Chairman, NBPA).




Deborah (and friends) Did It!!

The Muddy Mayhem Challenge was on Sunday at Sedgefield and Deborah Ward and her friends completed the gruelling course with a smile on their faces. After seeing all the photos we don't know why!
There is still time to donate to this worthy cause via the link on the home page.

WELL DONE TO ALL OF THEM

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 We have been asked by the Gambling Commission to pass on the following information -

GAMBLING COMMISSION

Improving our communications after a compliance assessment

As part of the Commission’s on-going drive to continuously improve and regulate in a transparent, accountable, proportionate, consistent and targeted manner we have recently undertaken an internal review that looked at the way we communicate the results of premises based compliance assessments with operators. As a result of this work we intend to make some minor adjustments that will bring benefits to our licensed operators.

At the conclusion of an individual assessment we will leave a brief written document that outlines the purpose of the assessment and records that an oral summary of the findings was presented to an appropriate recipient. The written document will continue to meet the requirements of "The Gambling Act 2005 (Inspection)(Provision of Information) Regulations 2007 No. 319” but it will no longer contain a record of the assessment findings. The findings will now be recorded in a letter that will be sent to the operator following the assessment.

The Commission has previously received feedback from some operators stating that the hand written documents left at premises following an assessment were, at times, illegible or confusing. By moving to typed and considered letters we will, in clear terms, advise the operator of any matters that may need addressing and by when they need to be actioned. The letters will also contain advice and refer to the relevant legislation, licence conditions and code provisions to aid understanding. We believe that this will improve our communication with operators and achieve greater consistency in supporting and collaborating with operators to aid our risk-based approach to regulation in a cost effective manner.

We intend to introduce these improvements gradually starting with smaller operators from October 1.

We are happy to take feedback from you and your members on any impact the planned improvements may have and hope that you can support and play a role in reassuring your members as they adjust to these minor changes.

Yours sincerely
Graham Burgin
Compliance Manager


LICENSING AND ACTIVITIES OF EXCHANGE LAYERS
Our Directors thought that Members may like to see some of the work that is being done on their behalf. Here is a letter from the Gambling Commission which refers to various topics that we have queried over many months.
Victoria Square House Victoria Square Birmingham B2 4BP T 0121 230 6666 F 0121 230 6720 www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk
To: Robin GrossmithFederation of Racecourse Bookmakers

Dear Mr Grossmith

Unlicensed bookmaking and in running betting

Thank you for your email of 19 April regarding concerns that you and your members have about unlicensed bookmaking and in running betting. In particular, you were concerned that there was no general requirement for layers on exchanges to be licensed; that the practice of "laying fallers" may be putting some customers of exchanges at an unfair disadvantage; and that some racecourses may, by making corporate hospitality areas available to in-running bettors, be providing facilities for betting that should be licensed.

As you know, we have received a number of similar communications about these issues therefore, whilst I understand that much of the information contained in this letter is not new to you, I thought it would be useful to address these matters in one document which you can forward to your members and which can also be published on the Gambling Commission website for others to view. I am grateful for your help in conveying this information.

In addition, I will be writing to all those who have corresponded with the Commission on this topic in the last few weeks enclosing a copy of this letter.

Licensing of exchange layers

I should say first of all that where exchanges are concerned the Commission considers that the principal risks to the licensing objectives are addressed by licensing the exchanges themselves and expecting them to deliver the licensing objectives of keeping crime out of gambling, keeping it fair and open and protecting children and vulnerable people.

It has been frequently suggested that in addition to licensing the exchanges themselves, all layers on exchanges should be licensed. It is important to understand, however, that the Gambling Act 2005 does not distinguish between backers and layers. In fact, the law captures both backing and laying of bets in its definition of betting. The starting point is that the provision of gambling facilities is illegal unless licensed or covered by one of the exemptions contained in the Act. Under the Act, both backing and laying bets can constitute the provision of gambling facilities: anyone making or accepting a bet – even the punter in the high street LBO – is potentially caught by the Act, regardless of whether they are a backer or a layer. This is why the Act provides an exemption from the offence of providing facilities for gambling for all those who are not acting "in the course of business".

"In the course of business" is essentially a tax definition. In the vast majority of cases the classification is an obvious one. Where it is not so clear-cut – and some point to layers on exchanges as an example – we look to HMRC to identify anyone who might fall into this category.I should say, however, that HMRC do not expect to identify many, if any, individuals liable for tax in this way.

You may be interested to know that the Treasury conducted a review of the tax treatment of exchange users in 2005. It has not so far been considered that the circumstances have changed sufficiently to merit revisting the findings of the review.

In addition, as I said at the outset, we consider the main risks arising from the activities of such individuals to be effectively managed by licensing the exchanges themselves so although the unlicensed use of an exchange in the course of business would be illegal and hence contrary to the licensing objectives we do not consider it a proportionate use of our resources to look for the few if any who are so doing.

Laying of fallers

We know that many people are concerned about the advantage that may be gained by in-running bettors through, for example, their presence on the course, or access to a fast picture feed. The example that is most often cited is the practice of laying fallers – that is, the laying of a horse that the layer knows has fallen and therefore cannot win. The principal objections that are made to this practice are that it must be illegal (and cheating), that it must be substantially unfair and/or that it must be contrary to the second licensing objective, which relates to fairness.

On the first point, when considering the legality of in running betting it is helpful to first look at section 9 of the Gambling Act 2005. This section of the Act allows a transaction to be a bet despite the fact that one party to the transaction knows the outcome. Simply put, the law states that it is legal to make a bet even when one party knows the outcome already; laying fallen horses is not illegal.

On the question of whether or not such a bet is unfair, we see fallen horses as an example of the way in which those on course have an information advantage over those who are not at the course; but an advantage that is, at least in theory, available to any member of the public. There are many circumstances where one party, not necessarily on course, has access to information that the other party does not. While there are of course differing degrees of this I think no-one would argue that a betting enthusiast who makes the effort to watch the morning gallops in Newmarket with a view to getting an edge over other punters was acting in a way that was substantially unfair. What is more important to us is that consumers are made aware of the fact that they might be betting against someone, whether licensed operator or not, who knows more about the potential outcome than they do. It is worth noting in this context that we have not received any complaints from members of the public who feel they have been misled.

As you know, the Commission considered these matters in some depth when we consulted on in running betting in 2008 and at that stage there appeared no real evidence that unsuspecting members of the public were being misled. For example, public information notices on betting sites and on live feeds were clear about the delay. Considering the popularity of in running betting, and the need to ensure that our response is proportionate, we considered the best approach to be one of caveat emptor. However, it is, of course, possible for circumstances to change, for issues to grow in significance and for new evidence to be presented. With that in mind, we said that we would keep the matter under review – and it remains the case that if we were given evidence that on-screen warnings, for example, were insufficient, we would consider further action (although I should make clear that further action might be simply to require better notices on screens or improve public education). We intend to consult publicly on the use of inside information in the future, and this may offer an opportunity to re-examine these issues. To sum up, betting in-running is legal under the Act and our current position, after much consideration and public consultation, is that the risk to the licensing objectives is adequately mitigated by ensuring that consumers are warned about the potential disadvantage to which they may expose themselves if they choose to bet in this way; but we are open to considering new evidence that might have a bearing on that position. You can find more information about our position on in-running betting here: http://www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk/pdf/in-running betting position paper - march 2009.pdf . On a related issue, it has been suggested that in-running markets should be suspended on horseraces when a horse has fallen. As I know you will appreciate, this is perhaps not a straightforward to achieve in practice as it might appear at first sight. Unlike, for example, football, where play stops at the point at which an event which would cause the market to be suspended takes place eg a goal, penalty or red card, horseracing presents technical challenges due to the limited timescales and continuous action that a race provides. To date we have not picked up enough concern about fallers and in-running betting to explore this option – as I have said we have not received a single complaint from a consumer - but we remain open to considering new evidence.

Use of racecourse facilities

Hospitality boxes are by their nature designed to facilitate their users' enjoyment of horse racing, which of course often includes betting. Just as those standing on the track or seated in the stands can see the screens and live action and can bet on it either via on-course bookmakers or on their blackberries, laptops, phones or equivalents, so can those in boxes.

The issue for the Commission is to determine whether those promoting the boxes are themselves providing facilities for gambling and therefore need to be licensed to run a trading room. A number of factors are used to determine this including whether a box is provided or promoted as a gambling facility or computer equipment provided over and above what would normally be expected to be found in a hospitality box. The Act does not have hard and fast rules in this area. It is generally a matter of judgement taking into account relevant circumstances.

In cases where we determine that the facilities provided constitute facilities for gambling we require the operator to obtain a trading room licence. This covers the provision of facilities within the room it does not follow that users of such facilities require licensing for their betting activities.

To help operators, racecourses and other interested parties understand better the factors that the Commission may take into account when determining whether or not facilities should be licensed, we have published a set of indicators, which you can find here: http://www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk/pdf/corporate hospitality at racecourses.pdf. I trust that this letter helps clarify our position regarding these matters. Should you have any further questions regarding this or other matters please do not hesitate to contact the Commission.

Yours sincerely

Matthew Hill

Director of Strategy Research and Analysis
 

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