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British Casino and Card Room Gaming

The United Kingdom allows casinos, slot machines at bingo halls, and card rooms. The casino industry is regulated by the Gambling Commission through the 2005 Gambling Act. There are also a large number of gaming machines located in bars and restaurants that are not regulated by the government.

Gaming machines are popular in the United Kingdom. The distribution of these machines is estimated to be 14% at licensed gaming centers, 10% at clubs and casinos, 8% at bingo halls, 62% at arcades and pubs and 6% at other locations.

The Gambling Act 2005 provides for the following types of gaming machines:

Category A: Gaming machines with unlimited stakes and prizes.

Category B1: Gaming machines with GBP 5 stake, GBP 20,000 prize restricted to casinos.

Category B2: Gaming machines with GBP 100 stake, GBP 500 prize restricted to casinos and betting shops.

Category B3: Gaming machines with GBP 2 stake, GBP 500 prize restricted to adult gaming centers.

Category B3A: Gaming machines with GBP 2 stake, GBP 500 prize restricted to bingo halls.

Category B4: Gaming machines with GBP 2 stake, GBP 400 prize restricted to members’ clubs.

Category C: Gaming machines with a maximum GBP 1 stake, and GBP 100 prize which will be located in pubs, bingo halls, and age-restricted gaming arcades.

Category D: Gaming machines with a maximum stake of between 10p-GBP 1, and a maximum prize of between GBP 5-50 located in family arcades.

In 2014, the government announced it would raise the tax on high-stakes gaming machines from 20% to 25%. The tax increase came on the heels of an effort to slow down betting on fixed-odds betting terminals, which allowed gamblers to bet up to GBP 300 a minute.

Casinos have voluntarily agreed to flash warning messages when, on these machines, punters have spent GBP 250 or been on a machine for 30 minutes.

In July 2007, the U.K. banned smoking in all enclosed public spaces, including nightclubs, casinos and bingo halls.

The smoking ban was put into place over the objections of operators. And in January 2009, the British government allowed the payouts to be raised from GBP 35 to GBP 70 on category C machines to try to mitigate some of the losses incurred by the gaming machine sector due to the smoking ban.

In February 2008, a British appeals court declared that poker is a game of chance, which means a private club that wants to offer it must have a license under U.K. gambling law.

In July 2008, the U.K. Gambling Commission approved licensed casinos to carry pai gow, Let It Ride and four variations of Texas Hold'em.

In May 2018, the U.K. government reduced the maximum betting amount on FOBT machines from GBP 100 to GBP 2 as part of a set of consumer protection measures designed to combat gambling addiction. The industry fought back against the measure the measure claiming that it will result in hundreds of betting shop closures throughout the country. As a result the government delayed the implementation of the stakes reduction until 2020.

British Casino and Card Room Gaming Properties

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Alea - Nottingham
Aspers at The Gate
Aspers Casino Westfield Stratford City
Aspers Northampton
Broadway Casino
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Casino at the Empire
Century Casino Bath
Clermont Club
Coral Island Casino Blackpool
Crockfords Club
Crown Aspinalls London
Dusk Till Dawn Poker Club
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Genting Casino Bolton
Genting Casino Bournemouth
Genting Casino Brighton
Genting Casino Bristol
Genting Casino Chinatown
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Genting Casino Coventry
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Genting Casino Edgbaston Birmingham
Genting Casino Friar Gate
Genting Casino Glasgow
Genting Casino Leicester
Genting Casino Leith
Genting Casino Luton
Genting Casino Margate
Genting Casino Newcastle
Genting Casino Nottingham
Genting Casino Plymouth
Genting Casino Renshaw Street
Genting Casino Salford
Genting Casino Southport
Genting Casino Torquay
Genting Casino Wirral
Genting Casino York Place
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Genting Club Fountainpark
Genting Club Manchester
Genting Club Queen Square
Genting Club Reading
Genting Club Riverlights
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Genting Club Terminus Terrace
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Grosvenor Casino Bournemouth
Grosvenor Casino Bradford
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Grosvenor Casino Huddersfield
Grosvenor Casino Hull
Grosvenor Casino Leicester
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Grosvenor Casino Merchant City
Grosvenor Casino Newcastle
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Grosvenor Casino Nottingham
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Grosvenor Casino Piccadilly
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Grosvenor Casino Sheffield
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Grosvenor Casino Swansea
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Grosvenor Casino Walsall
Grosvenor Casino Westgate
Grosvenor Casino Whitworth Street
Grovesnor Casino Aberdeen
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Les Ambassadeurs
Les Croupiers
Manchester 235
Maxim's Casino Club
Maxims Casino Southampton
Napoleons Casino & Restaurant - Bradford
Napoleons Casino & Restaurant - Hull
Napoleons Casino & Restaurant - Leeds
Napoleons Casino & Restaurant - London
Napoleons Casino & Restaurant - Owlerton
Opera House Casino
Paris Casino
Park Lane Club London
Playboy Club London
Rainbow Casino - Aberdeen
Rainbow Casino - Cardiff
Rainbow Casino - Edgbaston
Rainbow Casino - Harbourside
Rendezvous Brighton
Rendezvous Casino
Resorts World Birmingham
Soul Casino
The Barracuda
The Casino MK
The Castle Casino
The Colony Club
The Corinthian Club
The Hippodrome Casino London
The Palm Beach
The Park Tower Casino
The Poker Room
The Ritz Club
The Shaftesbury Casino
The Sportsman Casino
Victoria Gate Casino
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