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b) Gaming machines may be made available for
use in licensed bingo premises only where
there are also substantive facilities for nonremote
bingo, provided in reliance on this
licence, available in the premises.
c) Skill with Prizes (SWP) do not contribute to
the number of gaming machines
Gaming d) Category, B3, B4, C and D combined count
towards the 20% entitlement
e) The number of category B machines is
rounded down for the purpose of the 20%
5 calculation. For example an operator with 39
machines (including Category B machines)
would only be able to offer 7 category B
machines. An operator with 40 machines
could offer 8 category B machines.
5.7 Conditions for Use of Gaming Machines
The conditions governing the use of gaming machines
are set out in Regulations made under Section 240 of the
Act. These Regulations cover a range of issues and are
very complicated, reflecting the complexity of establishing
a comprehensive framework of regulation for gaming
machines that satisfies the licensing objectives of the Act
whilst recognising the practical difficulties of the industry
in meeting new technical standards. These Regulations
are set out in The Gaming Machine (Circumstances of
Use) Regulations 2007 and links are available at the end
of this section.
5.8 Machine Display
Machines should be sourced from a licensed
manufacturer who will give guidance about the display of
information on a machine.
The following information must be displayed on a gaming
machine at all times so as to be readily visible to a player:
a) The contact details of a helpline to assist those
who are having, or may be affected by, gamblingrelated
b) A statement that the gaming machine is not to be
used by a person under 18 years of age; but note
that this notice is not required on a Category D
c) The rate of percentage payout of the machine, or
a notice indicating where such information can be
found that is readily accessible by a player; this
notice also need not be displayed on Category D
gaming machines where there is no mechanism
for recording the aggregate stakes and prizes,
but instead there should be a notice stating that
the machine provides facilities for gambling.
d) The information contained in the above notices
may take the form of any combination of letters,
numbers or symbols.
e) A notice specifying the category or sub-category
of the gaming machine must be affixed to the
machine. This notice need not be readily visible
to a player but it must be located in a position
where it can be seen by a person inspecting
© The Bingo Association | November 2019 | Operators Handbook 5.9 Methods of Payment
5.9.1 Payments to play gaming machines may be
made by the insertion into the machines of
money or money’s worth (e.g. tokens, smartcards
5.9.2 It is illegal for gaming machines to accept
payment by credit card or debit card.
5.9.3 It is also illegal for a proprietor to allow a player to
use a credit card to purchase non-cash methods
of payment to play a gaming machine.
5.9.4 A gaming machine must not be made available
for play if the charge for playing a game is not
a whole number of pence. This also applies in
situations where the maximum stake can be
divided into a number of “lines” for a single use of
the machine; the stake for each “line” must be a
whole number of pence.
5.10 Payment Limits
5.10.1 There are a number of rules about the amounts
that can be paid in a single action in relation
to the use of a gaming machine. These
rules are complex and dictate the payment
limits, depending on the type of payment, the
category of the gaming machine and its date of
5.10.2 There are three payment concepts, namely:
a) The Deposited Amount, which is the
maximum amount that can be inserted into
the gaming machine in a single action.
b) The Committed Amount, which is the
maximum amount that can be committed at
any one time to play the gaming machine;
once committed, the amount cannot be
recovered by the player and must be used
to play the machine; if the machine already
holds a Deposited Amount to the credit of the
player, the Committed Amount is taken from
that credit; and
c) The Stake, which is the amount required to
play the gaming machine once.
Details relating to these will be provided by your
licensed machine supplier.
5.11.1 The autoplay function enables players who have
a pot of money deposited on the machine to play
a series of games automatically without having to
press the “Play” button to begin each individual
5.11.2 Autoplay functions are not permitted on gaming
machines that have a single deposit meter
(i.e. there is no facility for creating or recording
5.12 Nature of Prizes
5.12.1 Only Category D machines are allowed to offer
non-money prizes. All other gaming machine
categories must offer money prizes only.