Evaluating the impact of the uplift of stakes and prizes on B1 gaming machines in casinos

Abstract

Stake and prize limits for category B1 gaming machines in British casinos were raised in 2014. This Report examines the impact of these changes in the first year. The results of the event study suggest that the uplift of maximum stakes and prizes was associated with an increase in weekly house win from B1 gaming of about 7%. Without further information on individual players, it is not possible to say whether the additional revenue obtained for the industry was associated with a disproportionate increase in harm.

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