High court upholds Gambling Commission’s appeal
Date: 30 March
The Gambling Commission (the Commission) has won an important
test case about what constitutes a gaming machine under the
Gambling Act 2005 (the Act). The ruling confirms the
Commission’s view that a machine offering players the chance to win
credits that can be exchanged for a cash prize is classed as a
The Commission is once more warning that it
will take action against those who supply gaming machines
illegally, and making it clear that machines that offer such
‘cashable credits’ are considered as gaming machines in the same
way as machines that deliver instant cash prizes.
Following the case the Commission's Director
of Regulation, Nick Tofiluk, said:
"The Gambling Commission is pleased that its appeal has been
upheld by the court and the law clarified. It's in everyone's
interest to put a stop to the illegal supply of gaming
Notes to editors
The Gambling Commission
- 1. The Gambling Commission (the Commission) regulates gambling
in the public interest alongside its co-regulators local licensing
authorities. It does so by keeping crime out of gambling, by
ensuring that gambling is conducted fairly and openly, and by
protecting children and vulnerable people from being harmed or
exploited by gambling. The Commission also provides independent
advice to government on gambling in Britain.
- 2. The Commission and local icensing authorities are
responsible for licensing and regulating all gambling in Great
Britain other than the National Lottery and spread betting, which
are the responsibility of the National Lottery Commission and the
Financial Services Authority (FSA) respectively.
- You can call John Travers on (0121) 230 6700, (07852) 124624 or
email him via firstname.lastname@example.org.