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Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Act 1963

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33Gaming machines

(1)Section 32 of this Act shall not apply to gaming by means of a gaming machine but, subject to the provisions of this Act, if any such gaming takes place on any premises to which, whether on payment or otherwise, the public have access, or which are used wholly or mainly by persons under the age of eighteen years, or, except in accordance with the conditions set out in subsection (2) of this section, on any other premises—

(a)any person who knowingly allowed the premises to be used for the purposes of the gaming; and

(b)any other person who, knowing or having reasonable cause to suspect that the premises would be used for such gaming—

(i)caused or allowed the machine to be placed on the premises; or

(ii)let the premises, or otherwise made the premises available, to any person by whom an offence in connection with the gaming was committed,

shall be guilty of an offence.

(2)The conditions referred to in the foregoing subsection are—

(a)that not more than two gaming machines are made available for play in any one building or, where different parts of a building are occupied by two or more different persons, in the part or parts of the building occupied by any one of those persons; and

(b)that the stake required to be hazarded in order to play the game once does not exceed sixpence; and

(c)that all stakes hazarded are applied either in the payment of winnings to a player of the game or for purposes other than private gain.

(3)In this section—

(a)the expression " gaming machine " means a machine for playing a game of chance, being a game which requires no action by any player other than the actuation or manipulation of the machine; and

(b)the expression " building " includes the curtilage of the building.

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