By Linda
is still off-limits - but will be kept under review;

current restrictions on advertising and promoting gambling products will go and be replaced by a code of practice to ensure advertising is honest and fair and does not exploit the vulnerable;

restrictions on the use of credit cards for gambling will go - with the exception of gaming machines (although restrictions on the use of bank notes and smart cards will be relaxed);

gambling debts will be enforceable in law as with other consumer contracts - both for operators to sue punters who owe money and to pursue operators in the courts for unpaid winnings;

in relation to machines, there will be more choice for adult gamblers - coupled with better protection for the vulnerable. In particular there will be more effective controls on the location of different categories of machines and the number of machines per premises. There are to be three new categories of gaming machines:

casino slot machines with unlimited stakes and prizes;

jackpot machines with £1 stake/£500 prize; and

all other gaming machines 50 pence stake/£25 prize

These are distinguished from amusement machines, which will be limited to much smaller stakes (10 pence) and prizes (£5) than existing AWPs. Gaming machines will be limited to venues specifically licensed for gambling (i.e. adult only). Legislation will be sufficiently flexible to ensure that machines such as fixed odds betting machines will be brought within these rules;

casinos will be deregulated: they may offer additional gambling products such as betting and bingo; rules on alcohol consumption and live entertainment will be relaxed; there will be an end to the 24 hour rule/membership requirement;

bingo clubs will undergo further deregulation;

betting - the demand test for LBOs will end as will restrictions on the sale of food and non-alcoholic drinks within LBOs. The prohibition on taking bets on the outcome of the National Lottery will remain;

online gambling: the full range of such services will be legalised where provided by licensed UK operators (evidenced on their sites by a kitemark mechanism);

lotteries - commercial lotteries will remain prohibited. On-line lotteries should continue to be allowed, with no restrictions on where terminals may be located. However, draws will be limited to one per day and under 16s must be prevented from playing these lotteries;

pools - online entries should be permitted as should entry through shops with winnings payable through shops as with the National Lottery. Unlimited rollovers will be allowed; and

prize competitions and similar 'quasi-gambling products' - will be the subject of a further review. In particular, the intention is to remove the potential for circumventing the prohibition on lotteries run for commercial gain. In contrast, 'genuine and harmless' sales promotions should be permitted.

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