When is a prize machine a gaming machine? Gambling Commission publishes its view
Date: 28 May
The Gambling Commission (the Commission) has today published an
advice note which sets out how it assesses whether a particular
prize machine is, or is not, a gaming machine. The Commission
issued a joint statement with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in
December 2009, which set out our views in respect of games
presented as recognised games of chance. The advice note does
not affect the review of skills with prizes machines and taxation
being undertaken by HMRC and HM Treasury.
The Commission is frequently asked whether a particular prize
machine is, or is not, a gaming machine. The advice note will
be of particular interest to manufacturers and suppliers of
machines (particularly skill with prizes machines), and those who
make machines available for use. While the advice note sets
out the framework which the Commission applies when deciding
whether a particular game played on a prize machine amounts to
gaming, interpretation of the Act is ultimately a matter for the
The advice note is a working document, which the Commission may
update from time to time to reflect developments in the
Is a prize machine a gaming machine - July 2010
Further information can be found in the gaming machines
section of the Gambling Commission 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. This note is separate from and does not affect the
review of SWPs and taxation being undertaken by HMRC and HM
Treasury, with support from the Department for Culture, Media and
Sport and the Commission.
- You can call John Travers on (0121) 230 6700, (07852) 124624 or
email him via firstname.lastname@example.org.