Gambling Act 2005: DCMS consultation on gaming machine regulations

Abstract

Below is a summary of our proposals for regulations under section 240. For all configurations of gaming machine: • The maximum amount that may be deposited on a machine in a single player action will be £20 for all categories of machine, except Category D, where the maximum amount will be £2; • All forms of payment (cash, coin, smart card) are acceptable in all categories of machine except: o credit and debit cards may not be inserted directly into a machine; and o the purchase of cash alternatives (smart cards or similar) by credit card will be prohibited; • No residues may be kept by the machine on cash-less operation machines (GC technical standard); • Residues will be permitted on cash-operation machines, subject to rules to be set by the Gambling Commission on residue limits and the use made of residues (GC technical standard); • The minimum stake on any machine will be 1p; • Certain information must be displayed on all categories of machine; • The machine must deliver a prize when it is won or inform the winner and facilitate collection of the prize; • Only Category D machines can offer non-money prizes, and these must not be illegal for a retailer to sell or supply to under 18s; • Rules about random operation will be set by the Gambling Commission technical standards, not by s.240 regulations; • No special rules will be set in relation to roll-overs – all stakes and prizes must comply with maximum limits under s.236 regulations (categories of gaming machine). In addition, for machines where the stake is drawn from committed money: • The maximum amount that may be committed in one player action will be: o £10 – Category A, B1,B2,B3 o £5 – Category B4 £2 – Category C and D • Prizes must be collected at the time of the win or credited to deposited money; they may not be credited direct to committed funds; • Autoplay features will be regulated by Gambling Commission technical standards. Alternatively, for machines where the stake is drawn from deposited money: • No means of autoplay will be permitted on the machine. Every gamble must be initiated by a player action; • Following a win, the play must be given option of collecting win, before win is credited back to deposited funds; • For category A and B2 machines a maximum tranche amount of £10 will be set for the accumulation of stakes. A fresh player action will be needed to build each £10 element of the total stake. 1.19. Below is a summary of our proposals for regulations under section 235(5): • The number of player positions around a machine which is designed or adapted for an individual to gamble will determine how many gaming machines the equipment represents; • One player position = one gaming machine. 1.20. Below is a summary of our proposals under section 241: • The supply or installation of any machine designed or adapted to permit money to be paid, directly or indirectly, by means of a credit card is prohibited; • he supply or installation of any machine designed or adapted to permit money to be paid, directly or indirectly, by means of a debit card is prohibited. 1.21. These proposals are outlines in further detail in sections A and B of this consultation document with a full explanation of the terms used in this summary. Section C contains a summary of the consultation questions.

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