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The Gambling Commission has issued a reminder on the rules for buying, maintaining and operating fruit machines at fairgrounds ahead of the start of the traditional summer season.

The Commission has also reminded local licensing authorities, who run local compliance checks of fairgrounds, of the law.

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

An easy to print quick guide to the rules for fairgrounds can be downloaded or ordered for free by calling (0121) 230 6666. The website includes the updated details of those stakes and prizes for category D machines which have changed since the last summer season.  

The Commission’s Head of Regional Enforcement and Compliance, Mike Williams said:

“The Gambling Commission’s quick guide sets out the dos and don’ts for fairground operators offering gaming machines.

“It makes sense to check out the rules and make sure you are legal by reading the fairs and fairgrounds quick guide.”

Notes to editors

  1. The Gambling Commission (the Commission) regulates gambling in the public interest alongside its co-regulators local licensing authorities. It does so by keeping crime out of gambling, by ensuring that gambling is conducted fairly and openly, and by protecting children and vulnerable people from being harmed or exploited by gambling. Subject to these overriding public protection objectives, as regulator of the National Lottery the Commission monitors and challenges Camelot to raise the maximum amount for good causes. The Commission also provides independent advice to government on gambling in Britain. 
  2. The Commission and local licensing authorities are responsible for licensing and regulating all gambling in Great Britain other than spread betting, which is the responsibility of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).
  3. See the Terms & Conditions section of our website for information on legal advice.
  4. A list of licensed machine suppliers is available on the Gambling Commission’s website.

For further information please contact our press office on (0121) 230 6700 or email communications@gamblingcommission.gov.uk.

Posted on 24 March 2014