Fruit machines enter 21st Century
By staff
London, March 13/PRNewswire/ -- BACTA, the trade association representing Britain's gaming and amusement machines, today gave a warm welcome to the Government's announcement to reform Britain's antiquated gaming laws and allow punters to use notes, smartcards and play off the bank/win meter when chancing their luck on gaming machines. The full Regulatory Reform Order will apply to higher payout jackpot machines in casinos, bingo halls and members clubs, whilst the £25 machines found in pubs, adult gaming centres and betting offices will just be allowed the use of notes. However, they too will get the remaining benefits as part of the new Gambling Bill, expected to be in the Queen's Speech this coming November. All machines will still have the capability to use coins.

BACTA President Keith Smith said:

'I am delighted that this long sought change is finally coming on stream. Until now it has only been possible to use coins to play machines and to re-insert winnings. This reform will bring the machines industry into the 21st century and offers players freedom of choice and improved facilities. I am sure it will prove popular. I would stress that it applies solely to machines that can only be played by over-18s.

'For the industry, this measure will reduce maintenance costs and help to improve machine security.'

The reform is expected to become law by August.

Source: BACTA

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