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Gambling Act Licensing Policy Statement

Under the provisions of the Gambling Act 2005 we are required to produce a Statement of Gambling Licensing Policy. This sets out how we intend to administer the Act. This Policy lasts for a maximum of 3 years.

The current policy came into force in January 2022. This was following a consultation exercise which took place in 2021.

Access the Gambling Act Licensing Policy Statement 2022-2024.

Gambling Act Gaming Machine Categories

A gaming machine is defined by the Gambling Act 2005 as a machine that is designed or adapted for use by individuals to gamble - whether or not it can also be used for other purposes. 

Most gaming machines are of the reel-based type. These are also known as -

  • fruit machine
  • slot machine
  • jackpot machine

Gaming machines fall into categories depending on the maximum stake and prize available and certain types of machine can only be made available in specific types of premises.

Find out more about gaming machine categories and also what is not defined as a gaming machine by visiting the Gambling Commission’s website.

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