The Lotteries Prohibition Act was passed in 1901 which thereby effectively established that all lotteries and gaming activities within The Bahamas were illegal. However, brick and mortar casinos began to open illegally in the 1920’s during the American Prohibition Era. These casinos included the Bahamian Club (1920) and the Cat Cay Club (1924). In 1930, there was a change in law which afforded the Governor-in-Council powers to exempt certain persons and bodies from prohibition through the issuance of Certificates of Exemption. This signalled the beginning of a regulated Gaming Industry in The Bahamas, as the foundation was laid for the development of a licensing procedure for lotteries and gaming.
  In 1967, a Commission of Inquiry into Casino gambling was appointed by the then Governor, the 8th Baron Thurlow, with a view to:
a. Enhancing The Bahamas’ Tourism product;
b. Eradicating the serious problems associated with illegal gambling through    the criminalization of lotteries and related activities;
c. License casinos meeting prescribed criteria; and
d. Raise revenue for the Government.
  It was out of this conclave that the Lotteries and Gaming Act, 1969 (“the 1969 Act”) was created.The 1969 Act gave birth to the establishment of the Gaming Board for the Commonwealth of The Bahamas (“the Gaming Board”) in accordance with Section 32(1).
  The Gaming Board thereby became a body corporate, with perpetual succession and a Common Seal. The general purpose of the Gaming Board was the regulation of casino gambling, through keeping under review the extent, character and location of gaming facilities which were being provided on premises in respect of which licences under the 1969 Act were issued; and to perform such other regulatory functions as mandated thereunder.
  The 1969 Act has been amended sporadically since being enacted to make provision for additional procedures and requirements, as well as to expand the range of activities authorised by a gaming licence, including sports betting and pari-mutuel wagering.
  Due to the advent of modern technology, there was a great need to update the 1969 Act. The Casino Association led the charge for this to occur as it was crucial for them to be internationally competitive. It was the Government of The Bahamas, spearheaded by the Minister of Tourism, The Hon. Obediah Wilchcombe, who took up the mantle initiating an exhaustive effort to modernize the gaming laws and regulations in order to transform The Bahamas into a premier, reputable, well regulated and internationally competitive gaming destination.
  In 2014, the passage of new gaming legislation namely, The Gaming Act, The Gaming Regulations, and the Gaming House Operator Regulations, sought to conform to international best-practice standards by putting in place stringent qualification requirements for participation in gaming and related activities. The legislation also established a stringent regulatory process for the licensing and regulation of the gaming industry whilst legitimizing a previously unregulated industry known colloquially as “Web Shops” in an effort to usher them in to the stability of a regulated environment. Thus, the 1969 Act was repealed by the implementation of the 2014 legislative instruments; however, the Gaming Act, 2014 provided for the continuation of the Gaming Board as was established under the 1969 Act.
  The New Gaming Legislation aided in the revitalization of the industry through the following:
- The expansion of the enforcement and investigative powers of the Inspectorate (Agent);
- Faster approvals of lab tested slot machines;
- The redefinition of a more profitable junket system;
- Provisions for the allowance of restrictive interactive and mobile gaming;
- Provisions for remote and proxy wagering;
- More transparent licensing procedures e.g. Supplier and Key Licences;
- The provision of Gaming House Operator, Premise and Agent Licences;
- The introduction of the requirement for computer systems and software offered by Gaming Houses, to meet specific technical standards through authorized independent testing labs;
- The development of a mandatory Code of Conduct for Responsible Gaming - inclusive of an Exclusion Policy;
- The inclusion of all licensees under the Gaming Act, 2014 as financial institutions through enactment of the Financial Transactions Reporting (Amendment) Act, 2014;
- The empowerment of the Gaming Board to conduct investigations and hearings for licence applications as well as to resolve patron disputes; and
- The empowerment of the Gaming Board to either suspend or revoke licences or to make recommendations for such suspension or revocation.
  Hence, the effective and comprehensive mechanisms implemented by the new laws have bolstered the gaming environment through which the Gaming Board, as an effective regulator, executes its rigorous licensing, suitability and operation processes with a view to advancing quality service and maintaining the integrity and competitive edge within this industry and jurisdiction. Moreover, these regulatory requirements have greatly contributed to the economic development of the country.
  Initially, the Appointed Board (The Board) consisted of a Chairman and two (2) other members. However, under the Gaming Act, 2014, the number has since been increased to three (3), all of whom are appointed by the Minister with responsibility for Gaming. An appointed Secretary, who answers directly to The Board, is responsible for the daily operations of the Gaming Board and is assisted by a Deputy Secretary, members of the Inspectorate and Support Staff.
  The Hon. Obediah H. Wilchcombe
  The Hon. Vincent Wanderpool-Wallace
  The Hon. Neko Grant
  The Hon. Obediah H. Wilchcombe (May 2002 -
  The Hon. O.A. Tommy Turnquest (2001 – May 2002)
  The Hon. Anthony Rolle (1997 – 2001)
  The Hon. Frank Watson (1996 – 2001)
  The Hon. C.A. Smith (1996 – 1996)
  The Hon. Frank Watson (1994 – 1996)
  Senator The Hon. Brent Symonette (1992 – 1994)
  The Rt. Hon. Sir Lynden Pindling (1990 – Aug. 1992)
  The Hon. Sir Clement T. Maynard (1987 – 1990)
  The Hon. A. Loftus Roker (1984 – 1987)
  The Hon. Arthur D. Hanna (1969 – 1984)
  Ms. Terah Rahming
  Dr. S. Andre’ Rollins
  Mr. Kenyatta Gibson
  Mr. Malcolm Adderly
  Mr. Kenyatta Gibson (July 2002 -
  Mrs. Claire Hepburn (1995 – June 2002)
  Mr. Elliott B. Lockhart (1992 – 1994)
  Mr. Bradley B. Roberts (Jan. 1992 – Aug 1992)
  Mr. Milo B. Butler Jr. (1984 – 1991)
  Mr. Perry Christie (1977 - 1984)
  Mr. Arlington Butler (1970 – 1976)
  Mr. A. Loftus Roker (1969 – 1970)
  Mr. Verdant Scott
  Mr. Dennis Martin
  Mr. Bernard Bonamy
  Mr. Alonzo Butler
  Mr. Basil Albury
  Mr. Tereves Albury