Posted: Thursday, 21 May 2009 @ 21:20
Will punters be amused by the prizes? In June the maximum stakes and prizes for Category C Amusement with Prizes (AWP) machines in pubs is set to double. Maximum stakes will be £1, and the maximum prize will go up to £70. But this news comes with a sting in the tail, as machine tax is rising from £760 to £830 per year.
Landlords of licensed premises may see little benefit in direct terms, but hope it will keep existing customers interested, and with luck attract new ones.
Don’t forget a few of the legalities. In a pub you can have up to 2 machines in Categories C and D with minimum red tape with permits.
Category C machines are those which from June will have a maximum stake of £1 and maximum cash prize of £70.
Category D machines limits will depend on the type of machine. Non-cash machines such as crane grabs will have maximum stakes of £1 and maximum non-cash prize value of £50. Cash payout machines will retain their current maximum stake of 10p, and maximum prize value will increase .to £15 (of which £8 can be a money prize).
For up to 2 machines in categories C or D you simply give notice to the licensing authority that you have the machines and pay a £50 once and for all fee. You can only operate more than 2 machines if you have a permit issued by the licensing authority, and this permit has to be renewed, and any new operator must apply for a transfer to them and pay a fee of £25.
Remember that Category C machines are limited to play by those 18 or over, and notices to this effect have to be displayed by the machine, and the machines have to be supervised to ensure compliance. Children can play on Category D machines.
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