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Guidance to licensing authorities

The Gambling Commission's guidance for licensing authorities.


9 - Protection of children and young persons

26.41. The Commission’s code of practice relating to the location and operation of gaming machines provides that, in respect of gaming machines in alcohol licensed premises, the licence holder or permit holder should put into effect procedures intended to prevent underage gambling. This should include procedures for:

  • checking the age of apparently underage customers
  • refusing access to anyone who appears to be underage and who tries to use category B or C gaming machines and cannot produce an acceptable form of identification.

26.42. The code requires that all gaming machines situated on the premises must be located in a place within the premises where their use can be supervised, either by staff whose duties include such supervision (including bar or floor staff) or by other means. Alcohol premises licence holders or permit holders must have in place arrangements for such supervision.

26.43. In respect of exempt equal chance gaming, the code requires the gaming supervisor to put into effect procedures designed to prevent underage gambling. These should include:

  • holding the gaming in premises or parts of premises which are restricted to adults
  • checking the age of potentially underage players
  • refusing access to the gaming to anyone apparently underage who cannot produce an acceptable form of age verification and identification.

26.44. Procedures should be in place for dealing with cases where an underage person repeatedly attempts to gamble, including verbal warnings and reporting the offence to the Commission and the police. The gaming supervisor should also take reasonable steps to ensure that all employees understand their responsibilities under the code of practice.

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