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Gaming machines

Under the Gambling Act 2005, gaming machines fall into a number of categories depending on the limits on the stakes and prizes

Gambling premises are entitled to different numbers and categories of gaming machines.

Businesses which manufacture, supply, install, adapt, maintain or repair gaming machines must apply for a gaming machine technical operating licence.

If you need assistance with your licensing requirements, then please do contact us.

Machine categoryMaximum stakeMaximum prize
AUnlimited (no category A gaming machines currently permitted)Unlimited (no category A gaming machines currently permitted)
B1*£5£10,000 (*£20,000)

* A category B1 gaming machine can have a maximum prize of £20,000 where it is a linked progressive jackpot on premises only.

**A category D gaming machine can have different maximum stake and prizes depending on the type of machine:-

  • Where the prize is money the maximum stake 10p and cash prize £5
  • Where the prize is not money (non-crane grab machines) the maximum stake is 30p and the maximum prize value is £8
  • For mixed money and non-money prize gaming machines (other than coin pusher or penny falls) the maximum stake is 10p and maximum prize value £8 of which £5 can be cash
  • For crane grab machines only, which have non money prizes, maximum stake £1 and the maximum prize value £50
  • For mixed money and non-money prize machines (coin pushers or penny fall only) the maximum cash stake is 20p and maximum prize value is £20 which can include up to £10 maximum of cash.

Gaming machine permissions and maximum machine number permitted


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