Arcades with bingo Licences targeted

21/04/2011

Arcades primarily offering gaming machines but operating under a bingo licence are being targeted as part of a crackdown by the UK Gambling Commission.

The Commission has warned licensed gaming businesses that they risk punishment if they are using a bingo licence to take advantage of the gaming machines entitlement.

In a reminder similar to the one recently issued to betting premises, the Commission said that licensed bingo premises must offer bingo as the primary gambling activity in line with its Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice.

It revealed that it is closely monitoring a number of former arcade businesses that appear to be offering gaming machines as the primary gambling activity on bingo premises.

“You cannot expect to use a bingo licence to run a business that isn’t bingo just to take advantage of the gaming machines entitlement,” said Matthew Hill, director of strategy, research and analysis. “Operators of bingo premises should ensure that sufficient provision is made to ensure the primary gambling activity is bingo.”

Those operating bingo premises where the primary gambling activity is something else risk attracting “further regulatory attention,” the Commission said.

by Simon Liddle

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