BBPA vents frustration at latest governmental ruling

BBPA vents frustration at latest governmental ruling

Friday, May 18, 2018 Posted by Michael Lawson
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The association hoped to see maximum Category C stakes rise to £2.

The British gambling industry is still trying to come to terms with yesterday’s governmental ruling that slashed the maximum stakes on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) from £100 to just £2. It seems somewhat inevitable that this sizeable reduction to these machines will have serious repercussions for the industry, and the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA) was also left ruing the ruling with regards to Category C AWP machines.

The BBPA had been pushing for the maximum stakes on these machines to rise from £1 to £2, a request that was ultimately declined.

Commenting on the decision, Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive to the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA), said: “The BBPA is disappointed that no changes have been made in particular to the stake for Category C machines - we had asked for an increase from £1 to £2 in the stake to allow innovation in the 50,000 machines in pubs for customers who enjoy playing these low stake and low prize machines.

“We understand however that the focus of this review was on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals and will work with the Government to ensure that our Social Responsibility Codes are robust.

“There is a real need for a clearer focus on deregulation to reduce the burden on pubs. The costs to small business under the current regulations for gaming machines are too high. In the coming months we will encourage Government to look at some of these issues more closely.

“The bureaucratic requirements for regular notification to local authorities on the mix of machines and change of licensee are costly, archaic and in need of review.”

Discussing possible effects of the demise of FOBTs on British pubs, Simmonds told “We hope that the Government’s response to the consultation on gaming machines will help encourage customers to visit pubs and play low-stake, low-risk, Category C games machines which help make an evening in a pub so enjoyable.”

Totally Gaming says: It’s fair to say that yesterday’s FOBT ruling rocked the British gambling industry. Decreasing the maximum stakes from £100 to £2, many have pointed out, is effectively a ban rather than a reduction. British pubs have also been affected, due to the government’s refusal to up stakes from £1 to £2. The full effects on the industry remain to be seen.


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