Betting Control and Licensing Board was established by an Act of Parliament Chapter 131 Laws of Kenya of 1966. Prior to the Act, the functions of the board were being handled by the Police Department. The Board has nine sitting members and it plays a big role in changing the notion that gaming is a vice. Given the positive contributions the gaming industry makes to the economy in terms of employment and revenue generation, gaming becomes a legitimate consumer pursuit and hence the need for vigorous promotion.
The Act provides for the control and licensing of Betting and Gaming premises and the activities carried therein; for the authorization of lotteries and prize competition as well as eradication of illegal gambling.