|The UK government is putting a positive spin on its package of gambling reforms, which are being touted as a means of economic regeneration for UK resort towns. |
New changes to gambling regulations will allow a new $3,134,650 (£2 million) maximum jackpot in Bingo, and Las Vegas-style live entertainment in casinos.
In Bingo, the changes include:
increasing the maximum prize in games of multiple bingo from $783,662 (£500,000) to $ 3,134,650 (£2 million); and increasing the aggregate weekly prize in networked bingo games played in any one group of clubs from $86,204 (£55,000) to $783,662 (£500,000).
For casinos, the changes alter Regulations originally drawn up in 1969 which prohibit, 'dancing ... (and) ... the provision of music and entertainment by persons actually present and performing.'
The law currently says that dancing or live acts are forbidden in casinos. Casinos can have TV and radio, and play music over their sound system, but not live bands.
Under the 1968 Gaming Act, the law allows magistrates to restrict the use of casino premises for purposes other than gaming. The government intends to issue guidance outlining that it is not the intention that magistrates should prevent live entertainment of an acceptable sort. But the decision in each case will be with individual magistrates.
Sports Minister, Richard Caborn said:
'This is further evidence of our commitment to reform the law that relates to gambling. As people use their leisure time in increasingly diverse ways, the current restrictions stand out as being outdated and irrelevant.'