Gaming machines research programme
In 2008/09 we undertook a programme of research into gaming
machines. Following this we made a number of recommendations which
were approved by the Minister and considered by the Responsible Gambling Strategy
The Responsible Gambling Strategy Board has since prioritised
gaming machines research in their strategies produced in 2011
As a result of this, the Responsible Gaming Trust has commissioned
the largest ever programme
of gaming machine research in Great Britain.
You can read more about the Gambling Commission’s gaming machine
research programme below.
The former Minister for Sport, Gerry Sutcliffe, asked the
Gambling Commission to prioritise identifying what further research
could be done to understand the impact of high-stake, high-prize
gaming machines on problem gamblers.
We reported back with our plans for research during the
financial year 2008/09. We outlined our proposals in a
Letter to Gerry Sutcliffe at DCMS on the impact of high-stake
high-prize gaming machines on problem gamblers - August
Our letter was informed by an exploratory desk exercise to improve
our understanding on the potential harmful effects of high-stake,
high-prize gaming machines on problem gamblers.
The former minister responded by welcoming a programme
of research to explore the relationship between gaming machines and
problem gambling. See
DCMS response to the Gambling Commissions letter on the impact of
high-stake high-prize gaming machines on problem gamblers -
August 2008 for more
We submitted a further report to the Minister for Sport (
Impact of high-stake, high-prize, and other gaming machines - June
2009), which was informed by
a programme of work during the financial year of 2008/09.
This work included a consultation exercise with international and British gaming machine experts
and qualitative research studying the behaviour of
The Minister for Sport supported our recommendations in his
Gambling Commission's review of gaming machines and recommendations
for future research - July 2009.
Page last reviewed: May 2013