Talarius Chief welcomes B3 Consultation

02/11/2010

The DCMS has announced its Category B3 gaming machines consultation which include proposals for changes to maximum stake limits and premises’ entitlements.

This consultation document which can be found here (http://www.culture.gov.uk/consultations/7437.aspx) sets out the Government’s proposals in respect of maximum stake limits and premises’ entitlements for category B3 gaming machines.

The DCMS states:

“Since 2007 a range of factors, including difficult trading conditions arising from the economic downturn have put the amusement and bingo industries in Britain under increasing pressure.

“The government is persuaded that the situation facing these industries is sufficiently grave to justify considering whether a small increase in the maximum stake for category B3 gaming machines, that is machines with a maximum stake limit of £1 and a maximum prize limit of £500, and a recalibration of B3 gaming machine entitlements for adult gaming centres (AGCs) and bingo clubs might be appropriate.

Commenting on today’s DCMS announcement on B3 gaming machines, Talarius Chief Executive Peter Harvey said:

“Talarius has always called for fair regulation and welcomes the proposals in the consultation. They would help restore some of the bad decisions that were made in the 2005 Gambling Act, most notably reverting back to a £2 from the current £1 maximum stake.

Since the 2005 Gambling Act there have been too many barriers to leading operators being able to have a viable and successful business model. We hope today’s consultation signals a reverse in that trend.”

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