Skill with prize machines: Quest Gaming Ltd – Skill Stop Roulette
The Gambling Commission (the Commission) monitors the boundary
between gaming machines and skills with prizes machines (SWPs). In
September, the Commission warned clubs, pubs and arcades that
suppliers may offer them machines as SWPs which are in fact gaming
machines. Both the Commission and HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC)
published advice confirming that machines presented as offering
games of chance such as roulette, bingo or poker are gaming
machines, not SWPs.
The Commission has made the following additional statement to
address any potential confusion caused by recent publications by
Quest Gaming Ltd regarding a machine called Skill Stop Roulette.
The publications include an advertisement placed in the Morning
Advertiser on 28 October 2010.
“Quest Gaming Ltd has misrepresented the Gambling Commission’s
position with regard to Skill Stop Roulette. The Commission
has made it clear to Quest Gaming Ltd that it suspects Skill Stop
Roulette machines to be gaming machines on the basis of their
presentation alone. This is irrespective of whether the
Commission’s ongoing criminal investigation establishes the
machines are also defined as games of chance by their operational
In addition to the previous general warning, the Commission warns
anyone making Skill Stop Roulette machines available for use
without the appropriate licences or permissions that they may be
liable for prosecution.”
Further information about skills with prize
machines is available on our website.
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 licensing 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.
- 3. See the Terms & Conditions section of our website
for information on legal advice.
- 4. The previous general warning was publicised in our
press release Warning over machines presented as games of
chance on 28 September 2010.
- You can call John Travers on (0121) 230 6700, (07852) 124624 or
email him via email@example.com.