News: Increase in gaming machines stake & prize limits
- Date: 11/06/2009
- Author/Solicitor: Nick Arron
After the delay due to the EU Notification Procedure which has just ended with no changes required, the DCMS have finally announced, much to the relief of the gaming industry, that the increase in both the stake and prizes for category C and category D gaming machines will now take effect.
From yesterday, June 10th, category C machine stakes can increase to £1 and the maximum prize to £70. For category D gaming machines the maximum stake and prizes change depending on the type of machine, and are as follows:-
• Crane Grab Machines which have non money prizes - maximum stake is now £1 and the maximum prize is £50. This only applies to crane grabs which are non money and have no cash element.
• Crane Grab Machines with cash stake and prizes - there is no change, the stake remains at 10p and the maximum prize is £5 cash.
• For mixed cash/non cash category D gaming machines - the maximum stake and prize remain the same at 30p and £8 with a non monetary prize.
• For coin pushers only the maximum prize increase is to £15 which can include up to £8 maximum of cash.
• There are therefore no changes generally to money prize machines, for instance the category D AWPs where the stake remains at a maximum of 10p, cash prize £5.
The changes to stakes and prizes come at the same time as changes to the technical standards for category C and complex category D gaming machines recently published by the Gambling Commission. These were due to be implemented on Friday 12th June, however, we understand the Commission have confirmed that the implementation of the new standards now takes immediate effect.
There are other changes to stake and prizes limits in relation to prize gaming coming in on 11th June. The maximum participation fee has risen from 50p to £1 and the maximum cash prize has risen from £35 to £70. Maximum aggregate participation fees and prizes remain at £500.
Finally, yesterday the Government announced a new voluntary funding arrangement for the research, education and treatment of problem gambling. The Responsibility in Gambling Trust will continue to raise funds from the gambling industry and the new body The Responsible Gambling Fund will distribute the money. This will now put an end to the introduction of a statutory levy although the power still remains for the Government to consult again if they feel the new voluntary funding arrangement is not a success over the coming years.
For more information please contact Nick Arron .