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5.12.2 Note that tokens, Smartcards, TITO tickets and
similar objects, which have no other purpose than
acting as a cash substitute, are treated as money
prizes for these purposes.
5.12.3 For Category D gaming machines, the nonmoney
prizes in the form of goods or services
must not be of a kind which it is illegal to sell or
supply to a person under 18 years of age.
5.13.1 In certain situations it is conceivable that a small
residue of the Deposited money is left on the
gaming machine and cannot be recovered by the
player because the machine is physically unable
to deliver the correct denomination of coin.
5.13.2 In such situations, the residue may be left on the
machine for use by the next player, provided that:
a) the amount involved is less than £1; and
b) it cannot be recovered because the machine
cannot deliver the correct denomination of
coin to the exact amount of the residue, nor
can it pay the amount by any other means.
5.14 Delivery of Prizes
The general rules for the delivery of prizes are that:
a) The gaming machine must provide the winner
with information about the prize that has been
won (if a money prize) or must provide the winner
with the means for collecting that prize (if a nonmoney
b) Information about the type of non-money prize
won must be displayed on the machine or in the
c) The winner must have the opportunity to collect
the whole amount of the prize (if a money prize).
d) Where the prize is not held by the machine, it
must be available for collection by the winner at
the premises where the machine is situated and
at a time when gaming machines are available for
e) In the case of a money prize not collected by the
winner, the machine must not automatically make
it available for use as a stake.
5.15 Delivery of Money Prizes
5.15.1 In the case of single meter machines, where
the stake is taken from the Deposited Amount,
a winning money prize may not be added to the
Deposited Amount until the winner has been
given the opportunity to collect the full amount of
that prize if:
a) in respect of a Category B3 machine, it
b) in respect of a Category B4 or C machine, it
exceeds £10; or
c) in respect of a Category D machine, it is of
5.15.2 In the case of a gaming machine operating the
Autoplay facility, a money prize must not be
available to pay a further stake unless the
winner takes action to allow that to happen.
5.16 Manufacture, Supply and Maintenance of
5.16.1 Section 243 of the Act makes it an offence to
manufacture, supply, install, adapt, maintain or
repair a gaming machine without the appropriate
5.16.2 But, the supply of a gaming machine as scrap
(without any element of salvage) or as part of a
sale of property in which the machine has been
used does not constitute an offence.
5.17 Gaming Machine Testing Strategy
The Gambling Commission has published guidelines
setting out the strategy for testing game titles
manufactured after 1st September 2007. These games
must be tested against all sections of the applicable
standard and relevant regulatory requirements in force
at the time of testing, by a Commission approved third
party test house.
5.18 Legacy Machines
The Gambling Commission has produced a document
entitled ‘Machine Standards Category B3, B4, C and
D (Legacy Machines) June 2007’ which sets out the
circumstances in which these machines may continue
to be used. A link is available at the Resource Centre.