The following Local Government guidance note Produced in partnership with David Lucas of Fraser Brown Solicitors provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
There are specific provisions which control gaming and gaming machines provided by clubs, alcohol licensed premises and travelling fairs. These are in addition to the provisions which allow gambling facilities to be provided under operating and premises licences.
Under the gambling legislation there are three categories of club:
miners’ welfare institutes
Members’ clubs and commercial clubs are subject to some similar requirements:
they must have at least 25 members
they must be permanently established
they must be established and conducted mainly or wholly for purposes other than gaming (with the exception of bridge and whist clubs)
In addition, a members’ club must also be established and conducted for the benefit of the members.Gambling Act 2005, ss 266–268
A miners’ welfare institute must be established for social or recreational purposes and be managed or operated in a specific manner.
Members’ clubs, commercial clubs and welfare institutes are allowed to provide equal chance gaming without any form of authorisation.Gambling Act 2005, s 269
Gaming is equal chance gaming if:GA 2005, s 8
it does not involve playing or staking against a bank, and
the chances are equally favourable to all participants
There are some restrictions on the equal chance gaming which may be provided:
stakes and prizes limits in games of poker are specified in regulations
participation fees are limited depending upon the type of game
there may be no deductions or levy from stakes or prizesThe Gambling Act 2005 (Exempt Gaming in Clubs) Regulations 2007, SI 2007/1944
no linked games are allowed—this means that the gaming must take place on one set of premises
Members’ clubs and miners’ welfare
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