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Guidance to licensing authorities

The Gambling Commission's guidance for licensing authorities.


2 - Casino games

17.6. S.7(1) of the Act states that ‘a casino is an arrangement whereby people are given an opportunity to participate in one or more casino games’. Casino games are defined by the Act to mean a game of chance which is not equal chance gaming. Equal chance gaming is gaming which does not involve playing or staking against a bank, and where the chances are equally favourable to all participants. The Act gives the Commission power through conditions attached to operating licences to restrict the types of casino games that may be made available.

17.7. The Commission has the power to prohibit casino games under Licence Condition 9.1.1 of the LCCP. No games are currently prohibited.

17.8. Player information on the specific rules and odds applied to any games offered by individual operators must be displayed in each casino, as required by Social responsibility code 4.2.1 of the Licence conditions and codes of practice (LCCP) which supplements the mandatory conditions attaching to all casino premises licences.

17.9. Organisations should seek their own legal advice on any new casino games, side bets or game variations they have developed. Both the game developer, and the casino operator running any trial of that game, should satisfy themselves that the game concept will be compliant before it is made available in the market place. Operators must continue to comply with LCCP requirements to display games rules, house edge in the venue and make information available for the customer.

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