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01/05/1961 Britain's betting shops are opened for business

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Casino - Port Talbot

A betting shop is a shop away from a racecourse where one can legally place bets in person with a licensed bookmaker such as William Hill, Ladbrokes, or Coral. Off-course betting was illegal until the Betting and Gaming Act was introduced, although bets could be placed at a racecourse in any event, not just the races being held at that course.