UK gaming machine consultation maintains status quo for casinos

David Clifton writes for Casino Life about the consequences for British land-based casinos of the 31 October announcement by Gambling Minister Tracey Crouch of a 12-week consultation that covers Government proposals relating to:

  • maximum stakes and prizes for all categories of gaming machines permitted under the Gambling Act 2005 (including a reduction in the maximum stakes on FOBTs),
  • allocations of gaming machines permitted in all licensed premises under the Gambling Act 2005 and
  • social responsibility measures for the industry as a whole to minimise the risk of gambling-related harm, including on gambling advertising, online gambling, gaming machines and research, education and treatment (RET).

Referring to the subject-matter of David’s article, the Editor’s Introduction to this edition of Casino Life states: “Time marches on and in this issue we start with a timely guest comment by Tracy Damestani, CEO of the National Casino Forum. We have long held the belief that casinos have not been dealt with fairly by the UK Government. They have embraced safer gambling measures whilst elsewhere, regulations governing bookmakers have been relaxed. The man in the street is not being protected and whilst some argue that it’s a “free world”, this ignores a common duty of responsibility. Casinos are placed well to deal with the issues of machine gambling face to face – not having to observe players through armoured glass – but self interest groups and lobbying for no change prevail. As Tracy says it’s been a missed opportunity on a wide range of issues. David Clifton, Clifton Davies Consultancy Limited elaborates more later in this issue.”

Both David’s Casino Life article and Tracy Damestani’s “guest comment” piece can be downloaded below.

A further article by David (for SBC News and entitled “Death knell sounded for FOBTs?”), arising from the above-mentioned announcement but relating to the proposed reduction in the maximum stake on FOBTs from £100 to somewhere between £2 and £50, can be found here. David has also been quoted in in an iGaming Business article by Scott Longley entitled Triennial review’s winners and losers hard to predict”.