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Gambling Commission Defines What Constitutes A Gaming Machine

Just last weekend I was chatting to Linda, the landlord of my local pub about the impact the Gambling Commission has had on them. Generally she is happy with the Commission, as it seems to have created a level playing field for publicans when putting entertainment machines on premises. Linda did however mention that there are some publicans in the local area not happy with the high court ruling over what constitutes a gaming machine.

Until recently, some publicans were able to argue the case that a gaming machine that offers the chance of winning credits that can later be exchanged for cash is not a gaming machine and therefore don’t need to be licensed. The Gambling Commission set out to clarify their stance that these types of entertainment machines can be classed as gaming machines and therefore publicans would be required to be licensed. The Gambling Commission took their case to the high court and have had their determination upheld.

Linda was saying that this decision hasn’t gone down too well with some of the other local publicans as they were trying to avoid the licence and associated fees but still have entertainment machines on premises. A touchy subject for many but certainly one that any publican or licensed venue should be aware of.

The Gambling Commission are reiterating that they will take enforcement action against anyone supplying gaming machines without licences. If your business supplies gaming machines, it’s in your best interests to check if you need to be licensed. Advisors here at StMatthew can help you determine your need to be licensed or not. Simply follow the Contact tab at the top of this page to take the next step.


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