Rank Group has called on the government to introduce a “programme of modernisation” for land-based gaming venues as part of the review of the 2005 Gambling Act, which it believes “could be realised through secondary legislation.”
With 51 of the operator’s 52 venues licensed under the outdated 1968 Gaming Act, which restrict venues to 20 machines, the Grosvenor and Mecca operator urged legislators to consolidate regulation.
“Our long-standing promise to excite and to entertain our customers and to do so safely remains our core purpose,” commented Rank CEO John O’Reilly.
“The Government’s current review of gambling legislation provides a once in a generation opportunity to deliver the much-needed modernisation of existing land-based gambling regulations which date back over fifty years and impose unnecessary restrictions on our ability to meet the needs of today’s consumers.”
With those venues licensed under the 2005 act able to operate 80 machines, Rank noted the disparity implicit in existing regulation, as well as calling for easing of rules regarding RNG table games, which would allow customers to set their own stake limits.
O’Reilly also urged the government to ensure the online and land-based sectors were treated equitably by new regulation, to avoid the remote gaming market dominating venues.