Government Response to Consultation on Proposals to Change Maximum Stake and Prize Limits
The DCMS has today published the Government’s response to the consultation on proposals for changes to maximum stake and prize limits for category B, C and D gaming machines. The Government’s response in briefly outlined below and you can read the full response on Licensing Resource.
Frequency of future reviews of gaming machine stake and prize limits
The Government will continue to undertake a triennial review system anticipates that the next formal review should conclude by 2016. It has also made it clear that reviews of stake and prize limits are an opportunity to consider whether levels are appropriate across all categories and there is no presumption of routine increases in limits, and decreases in stake and prize levels may be considered.
- Category B1 gaming machines - prepared to increase stake and prize levels for B1 machines to £5 and £10,000 respectively, with an option for casinos to offer a linked progressive jackpot prize up to a maximum of £20,000 within a premises basis.
- Category B2 gaming machines – proposes to maintain stake and prize limits at existing levels.
- Category B3 gaming machines - proposes to maintain stake and prize limits at existing levels.
- Category B3A/B4 gaming machines - proposes to increase stake and prize in accordance with the table below.
- Category C gaming machines - continued support for an increase in prize limit to £100.
- Category D gaming machines - maintaining existing stake and prize limits for all types of category D gaming machines, with the exception of coin pusher/penny fall machines.
Summary of Final Proposals