Gambling in the United Kingdom is regulated by the Gambling Commission on behalf of the government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) under the Gambling Act 2005.
This Act of Parliament significantly upgraded the UK’s gambling laws, including the introduction of a new arrangement of protections for children and vulnerable adults, as well as attracting the burgeoning Internet gaming industry within British regulation for the first time.
Betting for centuries has been a major recreational activity in Great Britain.  Horse racing was a favorite theme for more than three centuries.  It has been heavily regulated.  Historically a lot of the opposition comes from Protestants, also out of social reformers.
Gambling for centuries has been a recreational activity in Great Britain.  Horse racing has been a theme for over three centuries.   The recorded races were held in 1539 in Chester.  . King Charles II was an avid sportsman who gave Newmarket its prominence — he was a jockey in 1671 and build a palace there for his convenience.  Ascot Racecourse began in 1711 under the patronage of Queen Anne. By 1750 the Jockey Club was formed to restrain the Newmarket, making for a level field, and preventing dishonesty.  The five classic races started in 1776 with the St Leger Stakes.  Epsom Derby started in 1780. The access to railways facilitated the fast development of the game, making traveling easy for the horses and conducting specials that attracted large audiences.  Gambling has been heavily regulated.  Historically much of this opposition stems from social reformers, also from Protestants.