Gaming Machines - Categories & Allowances

Categories of Gaming Machines

The Gambling Act 2005 reclassified gaming machines and places restrictions on the type and number of machines that may be made available.  It also places a minimum age of 18 years on players of all but Category D machines.

Generally, gaming machines are classified according to the maximum stakes and maximum possible prizes: 

Category of Gaming Machines
 
Category Maximum Stake Maximum Prize Age
A Unlimited Unlimited 18
B1 £2 £4,000 18
B2 £100 (in multiples of £10) £500 18
B3 £2 £500 18
B3A £1 £500  
B4 £1 £250 18
C £1 £70 18
D non-money prize (other than crane grab machine) 30p £8 No age limit
D non-money  prize (crane grab machine) £1 £50 No age limit
D money prize 10p £5 No age limit
D combined money and non-money prize (other than coin pusher or penny falls machine) 10p £8 (of which no more than £5 may be a money prize) No age limit
D combined money and non-money prize (coin pusher or penny falls machine) 10p £15 (of which no more than £8 may be a money prize) No age limit

Category A machines will only be available at a regional casino.

Category B1 machines may only be available at Casinos.

Gaming Machine Allowances
 
Bingo Premises

8 gaming machines category B3 and B4 or 20% of the total number of gaming machines made available for use on the premises, whichever is the greater.

Unlimited category C machines

Unlimited category D machines

Betting Premises 4 gaming machines category B2 to D
Track Betting Premises with Pool Betting Licence 4 gaming machines category B2 to D
Adult Gaming Centre (AGC)

4 gaming machines category B3 to B4 or 20% of the total number of gaming machines made available for use on the premises, whichever is the greater.

Unlimited category C machines

Unlimited category D machines

Family Entertainment Centre Licence

Unlimited category C machines

Unlimited category D machines

Unlicensed Family Entertainment Centre Permit Unlimited category D machines
Members Club 3 gaming machines category B4 to D
On-Sales Alcohol Licensed Premises (without food restriction)

2 gaming machines category C to D by notification

OR

Unlimited category C to D machines with alcohol premises gaming permit

 Application forms and guidance are available under 'Permits and Notifications' and 'Premises Licence - Gambling'