The Hippodrome’s evidence suggested that “a number of changes are required to gambling legislation in Great Britain.”102 One of the changes that the Hippodrome would like to see is an increase in the number of gaming machines permitted in casinos www.suissecasinoenligne.com/bonus/. Their evidence set out the current situation in which the majority of casinos (145 out of 152103) operating in Great Britain are restricted to 20 gaming machines, “regardless of size or the volume of customer visits.”
These 145 casinos have preserved the entitlements of their licences originally granted under the Gaming Act 1968. However, there are seven casinos established under, and regulated by, the Gambling Act 2005, which are entitled to offer a higher number of machines. Three “small” casinos established under the 2005 Act are entitled to offer up to 80 machines, and four “large” casinos established under the 2005 Act are entitled to offer up to 150 machines. Understandably, the Hippodrome believes that all casinos in Great Britain should be regulated in the same manner and allowed the same number of gaming machines.
The Hippodrome emphasised that the Government had planned to use the opening of new casinos (with greater numbers of gaming machines) under the Gambling Act 2005 “as a trial for the wider modernisation of casinos regulations”105, and in July 2008 the then Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Culture, Media and Sport, Gerry Sutcliffe MP, indicated that an assessment was scheduled for 2014.
So far, no such assessment has been undertaken. We therefore remain in the strange position of having the number of gaming machines in any given casino decided by the date on which it was opened, and whether it is regulated by the preserved provisions of the 1968 Act or the 2005 Act, rather than its size, number of customers or demand.