Gaming Machines

What do I need to know?

Machine Categories

Summary of gaming machine categories and entitlements:

Category of Machine

Maximum Stake

Maximum Prize

A Unlimited
No category A gaming machines are currently permitted
B1 £5 £10,000
B2 £2 £500
B3A £2 £500
B3 £2 £500
B4 £2 £400
C £1 £100
D - non-money prize 30p £8
D - non-money prize
(crane grab machines only)
£1 £50
D - money prize 10p £5
D - combined money prize and non-money prize 10p £8
(of which no more than £5 may be a money prize)
D - combined money prize and non-money prize
(coin pusher or penny falls machines only)


(of which no more than £10 may be a money prize)

Adult gaming centre, family entertainment centre (licensed and unlicensed), casino, betting and bingo operators are entitled to offer a set number of gaming machines of certain categories, depending on their premises.

There are also rules regarding the positioning of gaming machines, and all machines must adhere to the Commission's Gaming Machine Technical Standards, including legacy machines, which must also be registered with the Gambling Commission. Operators will also need to be familiar with the Gaming Machines (Circumstances of Use) Regulations 2007 with which those to whom they supply and for whom they design and manufacture machines will be required to comply.

Any operator manufacturing, supplying, installing, adapting, maintaining or repairing gaming machines must apply for a gaming machine technical operating licence.

Several devices or systems are excluded from being defined as gaming machines. These Include:

  • Domestic or dual use computer
  • Telephones or other machine for facilitating communication
  • Machines designed or adapted to bet on future real events
  • Lottery terminals
  • Machines designed or adapted for the playing of bingo (including by way of prize gaming)

Machines designed or adapted for the playing of bingo by way of prize gaming in reliance on a family entertainment centre gaming machine permit or prize gaming permit.

  • Semi automated casino games and
  • Fully automated casino games

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