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As we approach Easter, fairground operators are being advised by the Gambling Commission to ensure they follow the rules for buying, maintaining and operating gaming machines.

Given that the Easter break is the traditional start of the season for fairground operators, we are reminding them to brush up on the rules for gaming machines, and comply - ahead of any compliance checks - carried out by local licensing authorities.

Key points to remember are:

  • Low-stake (category D) fruit machines can be made available at fairgrounds along with coin pushers and crane grab machines
  • Higher stake gaming machines (category B and C), like those typically played in arcades and pubs, are not permitted
  • Fairground operators must source all their machines from Gambling Commission licensed suppliers
  • All employees working with gaming machines must be at least 18 years old. 

An easy to print quick guide to the rules for fairgrounds is available on our website, as well as details of the stakes and prizes for category D machines.

Notes to editors 

  1. More information about how we regulate the gambling industry.
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Posted on 03 April 2017