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Volume 485: debated on Monday 15 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what definition of (a) sports betting and (b) gaming his Department uses; and if he will make a statement. (243400)

There is no specific statutory definition of sports betting, but the definition of betting in section 9 of the Gambling Act 2005 would normally apply. Sports betting is simply betting as defined in s9 where the event or process concerned is a sporting event of some kind.

For “gaming”, the relevant definition is in section 6—gaming means playing a game of chance for a prize. The terms “game of chance” and “prize” are further defined in s6(1), which also contains other interpretation provisions.