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Gaming machines at fairs and fairgrounds

What type of machines can be made available at travelling fairs?

Only Category D machines can be made available at travelling fairs. In broad terms Category D machines are low stake fruit machine style machines, coin pushers (sometimes called penny falls) or crane grabs. Category D machines can be identified by their low stakes and prizes as shown in the examples in this guide.

Who can work with gaming machines?

Only a company or an individual with a Gambling Commission operating licence or a valid single machine permit (which only covers one machine for one year) can supply or do any maintenance work on a gaming machine.

You must not sell or supply gaming machines unless you have a Gambling Commission operating licence. In some cases you can sell through a licensed gaming machine supplier or by having a single use permit.

Can under-18s work with gaming machines?

Under 18s are allowed to play Category D machines but they are not permitted to work in connection with any gaming machine – that means every part of working with the machine including even emptying the cash box.

What is a Category D gaming machine?

Only Category D machines can be made available at travelling fairs. Other category gaming machines must be located in premises that are licensed by a licensing authority.

The following Category D gaming machines can be made available at travelling fairs.

Fruit machine style

  • maximum stake is 30p if the prize is non-cash
  • maximum stake is 10p if the prize is cash
  • maximum cash prize is £5.00
  • maximum non-cash prize is £8.00.

You must make sure the machine you have does not exceed these stakes.

Coin pusher style

  • maximum cash prize is £10, so the maximum note you can place inside the machine is a £10 note and the maximum prize is £20, of which only up to £10 can be cash, the remainder must be non-cash
  • maximum stake is 20p.

You must make sure the machine you have does not exceed these stakes.

Crane grab style

  • maximum non-cash prize is £5
  • maximum stake is £1.

Crane grab machines are normally defined as category D machines. Further details are available in gaming machine technical standards for non-complex category D gaming machines.

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