Gaming machine categories

The following table summarises the definitions of the category of machines available:

Category of machineMaximum “Stake”Maximum Prize
A Unlimited Unlimited
B1 £5 £10,000*
B2 £100 (in multiples of £10) £500
B3
B3A
£2
£2
£500
£500
B4 £2 £400
C £1 £100
D - non-money prize (other than a crane grab machine) 30p £8
D - non-money prize (crane grab machine) £1 £50
D (money prize) 10p £5
D - combined money and non-money prize (other than a coin pusher or penny falls machine) 10p £8 (of which no more than £5 may be a money prize)
D - combined money and non-money prize (coin pusher or penny falls machine) 20p £20 (of which no more than £10 may be a money prize)

*with option of maximum £20,000 linked progressive jackpot on premises basis only.

The following table summarises the category and number of machines available per premise type:

  Machine category
Premise Type A B1 B2 B3
B3A
B4 C D
Regional casino (table/ machine ratio of 25-1 up to maximum) Maximum of 1250 machines Any combination of machines in categories A to D, within the total limit of 1250 (subject to table ratio) not to include B3A
Large casino (table/ machine ratio of 5-1 up to maximum) X Maximum of 150 machines Any combination of machines in categories B to D, within the total limit of 150 (subject to table ratio) not to include B3A
Small casino (table/ machine ratio of 2-1 up to maximum) X Maximum of 80 machines Any combination of machines in categories B to D, within the total limit of 80 (subject to table ratio) not to include B3A
Pre-2005 Act casinos (no table/ machine ratio) X Maximum of 20 machines categories B to D or C or D machines instead not to include B3A
Betting premises and tracks occupied by Pool Betting X X Maximum of 4 machines categories B2 to D not to include B3A
Bingo Premises X X X Maximum of 20% of the total number of gaming machines which are available for use on the premises categories B3 or B4* No limit C or D machines
Adult gaming centre X X X Maximum of 20% of the total number of gaming machines which are available for use on the premises categories B3 or B4* No limit C or D machines
Family entertainment centre (with premises licence) X X X X X No limit on Category C or D machines
Family entertainment centre (with permit) X X X X X X No limit on Category D machines
Clubs or miners’ welfare institutes with permits X X X Maximum of 3 machines in categories B3A, B4, C and D
Qualifying alcohol licensed premises X X X X X 1 or 2 machines of category C or D automatic upon notification
Qualifying alcohol licensed premises with gaming machine permit X X X X X Number as specified on permit
Travelling fair X X X X X X No Limit on Category D machines
  A B1 B2 B3
B3A
B4 C D

(X = category of machines not permitted on this type of premises)

* AGC/Bingo premises are entitled to make available a number of Category B3/B4 gaming machines not exceeding 20% of the total number of gaming machines which are available for use on the premises. 

AGC/Bingo premises in existence before 13 July 2011 are entitled to make available four category B3/B4 gaming machines in respect of AGCs and eight in respect of Bingo premises, or 20% of the total number of gaming machines, whichever is the greater. 

AGC/Bingo premises licences granted on or after 13 July 2011 but before 1 April 2014 are entitled to a maximum of four category B3/B4 gaming machines in respect of AGCs and eight in respect of Bingo premises, or 20% of the total number of gaming machines, whichever is the greater; from 1 April 2014 these premises will be entitled to 20% of the total number of gaming machines only.


Last Updated on 31 March 2015

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