Gambling is one of the UK’s favourite pastimes, and luckily (for the gamblers) it has more or less been legal for much of the last 100 years.
In 2017 it’s possible to gamble freely across the UK on mobiles, tablets and PCs, while betting shops and casinos are available in shopping centres to over-18s. Brits can play poker, bet on football, or play the lottery. Meanwhile, FOBTs (Fixed Odds Betting Terminals) offering roulette and slots – while vilified – can still be found in high street bookmakers everywhere.
Let’s take a look back at some of the key moments in British gambling history, and look ahead to what the future might hold.