About gaming machines (fruit machines, slot machines)
What is a gaming machine (fruit machine, slot machine)?
A gaming machine is defined by the Gambling
Act 2005 as a machine that is designed or adapted for use by
individuals to gamble (whether or not it can also be used for other
purposes). Most gaming machines are of the reel-based type, also
known as fruit, slot, or jackpot machines.
Several devices or systems are excluded (under
section 235 of the Gambling Act 2005) from being defined as gaming
- domestic or dual use computers
- telephones or other machines for facilitating
- machines designed or adapted to bet on future real events
- lottery terminals
- on a bingo premises, 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, where a family entertainment centre gaming machine
permit or a prize gaming permit is held
- semi-automated casino games
- fully-automated casino games.
What are gaming machine categories?
Gaming machines fall into categories depending on the
maximum stake and prize available.
There is no statutory minimum
percentage payout for gaming machines but all machines are required
to clearly display the percentage return to players, or the odds
of winning prizes from use of the machine.
Further information about gaming machines
More information about the gambling industry
is available in our industry statistics.
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