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Reel of Fortune makes it four approvals in a row for Bell-Fruit

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The creative team at Bell-Fruit, led by Alastair Harris, has added another string to its bow with confirmation that Reel of Fortune has become its fourth consecutive hi-tech analogue AWP to be approved by a retailer. The game, which has been approved by CLMS, follows the successful launch of Chase The Rainbow,Big Bank Theory, and Robin Hood Prince of Thieve...

All roads lead to Brexit

Paul Kelly, brexit, politics, industry
With investment in the leisure industry highlighting an inherent positivity, the spectre of Brexit appearing ever larger on the horizon looks to bring its own challenges. It is now up to the government to heed the words of those in the know, comments Paul Kelly, CEO at BALPPA. He negotiates his way through a Coinslot Q&A, without the need...

Registration now open for 10th EAG International & VAE

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On 15th-17th January 2019 EAG International & VAE will be celebrating ten years of bringing the amusements and leisure industries together. Now the most important event in the industry calendar, the show has evolved constantly, mirroring the changes within the industries it serves. In 2015 the Visitor Attraction Expo was launched alongside EAG International, with many of the show’s participants...

Pushers’ future safe as Treasury confirms 2p coin will stay

Two pence safe
Britain’s 2 pence coin is safe. The Treasury has ensured the coin’s role in everyday currency and in so doing handed a lifeline to the quintessential symbol of seaside traditions - the pusher machine. The long-term future of the pusher has been saved after the government confirmed it is abandoning plans to get rid of the 2p coin. Last weekend the...

Blackpool Pleasure Beach rides scoop double awards win

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Blackpool Pleasure Beach has celebrated more awards success after two of its rides were voted among the best for thrill-seekers in Europe. The amusement park’s new £16.25m ICON rollercoaster was voted as one of the best new coasters in Europe and Valhalla was named one of the continent’s best water rides at the European Star Awards. In addition, Blackpool Pleasure Beach...

Bricks and mortar gambling in jeopardy, say ABB

Gambling
The betting industry has started the process of reforming its character after a torrid beating over FOBTs. And it’s going to be an uphill struggle. However, it has identified a cause: betting retail outlets on Britain’s high streets are dying, say the ABB. While some may quip that there are already too many, the case for 4,000 shuttered shops,...

Do the banks hold the key to tackling problem gambling?

Gambling
Two so-called ‘challenger banks’ are living up to their reputation. Monzo and Starling banks have introduced a block to help problem gamblers control their gambling habits. And it’s working. Now, the Gambling Commission and doctors are calling for the big five banks to follow suit. The industry, which has long called for bank intervention, is expected to drive the...

Commission sets out new complaint standards

gambling commission
The Gambling Commission has published new standards, coming into effect from 31 October, which are intended to improve how complaints are handled by alternative dispute resolution (ADR) providers in the gambling industry. The new guidance sets out how consumer com- plaints should be handled, and according to the regulator, make it clear what the Commission’s expectations are regarding; the types of...

An industry uniting? ABB and RGA in merger talks following “the FOBT thing”

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Reports of a merger between the Association of British Bookmakers and the Remote Gambling Association have raised eyebrows in the industry, but will any other sectors choose to join this proposed broader body? Following a year on the defensive, the Association of British Bookmakers and the Remote Gambling Association are rallying in talks of a merger. This week RGA CEO Clive...

AGC market leader Admiral goes ‘from strength to strength’ on the UK high street and beyond

Casino Admiral
With annual results issued recently, AGC operator Luxury Leisure Talarius are looking to move on in the marketplace with some vigour. 2018 has seen a strong performance, and there’s clearly more to come. Along with the rebrand to Admiral, the business has also fully refurbished over a dozen venues with its High Street Casino concept - offering a luxurious gaming...

“Radical overhaul” of UK gambling: Labour plans a £160m annual levy on industry

Labour Party
Convinced by what it claims is the “hidden epidemic” of gambling addiction in Britain, the Labour Party has placed itself in stark opposition to the gambling industry. The Labour Party has called for a “radical overhaul” of gambling regulation in the UK - and issued a raft of over-reaching proposals that would see a Corbyn government impose a mandatory levy...

RGW gears up for annual campaign

responsible gambling
The 2018 Responsible GamblingWeek will benefit from a completely new online presence in its drive to reach out to new audiences and spread its core message. The Industry Group for Responsible Gambling has launched a brand new web- site that will provide a central resource for information point for supporting organisations, customers, staff and the the general public alike. Alongside this...

Shipley Creative to make ACOS debut

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With a new image, a new home in the Kensington Olympia and a show floor to be packed with new exhibitors, the Autumn Coin Op Show will continue to reflect the dynamic industries it serves when it is held on 3-4 October. For many of those attending a key part of the show’s appeal is the representation of a diverse...

“Follow the lead” of inclusive tourist attractions, urge ministers

Disability ramp sign
A leading Blackpool attraction is among those tipped by government as a template for how operators approach provision for disabled visitors. Two government ministers have urged leisure operators to follow the example of Sandcastle Waterpark in Blackpool by ensuring that the needs of disabled visitors are fully catered for. Minister for disabled people Sarah Newton and Tourism Minister Michael Ellis have...

Mayfair Amusements to downsize after fall in trade

Ayrshire
The operator of Girvan’s Mayfair Amusements has revealed he plans to downsize the arcade after being granted planning consent by South Ayrshire Council. Alfie Briggs said he intends to transform part of the premises back into a town house to put on the rental market. He also confirmed that the larger, deeper portion of the site would remain operating as an...

Navan harvest event, Semnox industry praise and Gulzar chats to the Beeb

Gulzar
Navan gearing up for harvest event It is less than one month until the harvest festival party event at Royal Amusements in Navan. The gaming destination is to celebrate the event with a E2,000 cash give- away and various other activities including bingo games and prize wheel spins all alongside a range of food and drink. Semnox kiosks gain industry praise An...

Repairs still wanting at Llandudno Pier

Llandudno Pier
Urgent repairs to Llandudno Pier are still unable to take place,says owner Adam Williams, as it continues to face major potential disruption from a nearby residential development. Structural damage to both the steel frame and wooden decking of the pier was sustained over eight months ago, with the necessary repairs estimated to cost £150,000. But these are funds that Williams is...

Ditching the 2p would “decimate the industry”

Coins
Following a report from the Bank of England stating that the removal of 1p and 2p coins would cause “no economically significant impact on inflation”, CEO of Bacta John White and president of Euromat Jason Frost rushed on to local and national radio to set the record straight. Removing the 2p would “decimate the industry”, according to operator and Euromat president...

Dumfries parents aim to DIY the FEC

Dumfries
A couple in the Scottish town of Dumfries are so desperate for a local FEC that they have decided to try and operate one for themselves. So far, the team of two have spent six months and £13,500 of their £15,000 budget identifying two suitable sites for the FEC, one in a new building and the other in an undisclosed...

Mr P’s seaside adventure set for Bognor Regis

Bognor Regis
After announcing clues such as “Abba had a hit with the square” and “If it’s fit for a King, then it has to be our thing” over the last few months, Mr P’s Classic Amusements has finally revealed enough information to determine the location of its new seaside FEC - Bognor Regis. Indeed, King George V’s favourite south coast town,...

Customer, operator, Commission: With cashless technology, everyone’s a winner

Pound Coins
When a government-owned institution as old as The Royal Mint believes that it must have cashless payment options to survive in modern Britain, it creates a convincing picture for the amusements industry’s need to follow suit as soon as possible - and what better time before the Gambling Commission’s upcoming data drive? We need to be relevant to younger people...

Dawlish amusements operator seeks big wheel permission

Dawlish Warren
The operator of Dawlish Warren’s Funder Park has sought planning permission to operate a 34-metre tall ‘big wheel’ at the Devon seaside resort for the next 15 years. In his application, Shaw Wallis said that the wheel would provide views over the Exe Estuary and would complement and further enhance the current amusement park, arcade and food outlets at the...

Paddy Power Betfair downplays FOBT cut

Gambling giants Paddy Power Betfair has claimed that it can weather the £2 stake cut to FOBTs, standing in stark opposition to many other sires of ruin within the industry. The bold assertion comes as the company reported a four per- cent rise in profits for the first half of 2018 with totals hitting £106m. A statement from the firm...

Butlin’s reassures customers suffers after data hack

Butlin's
Butlin’s has reassured its customers that their payment details are secure after the leisure operator fell victim to a data hack last week. The firm said that 34,000 of its guests may have had their personal information stolen by hackers, and has set up “dedicated team” to contact the affected customers. “I would like to reassure guests that no financial data...

UKHospitality welcomes new APPG rates reform calls

Kate Nicholls
UKHospitality has welcomed a report from the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Entrepreneurship that has called for the government to rapidly reform current business rates structures in the UK. UKHospitality chief executive Kate Nicholls said: “The report identifies considerable flaws in the current tax system and calls for a complete overhaul; something that we have consistently called for. The current system...

Everyone’s a winner: Tom Clarke of JNC Sales talks market sector

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Cost effective, high quality and field proven, used and refurbished gaming machines offer operators a multiplicity of benefits. Tom Clarke, managing director JNC Sales, takes stock of this crucial market sector. Coinslot: How important is the new/refurb market segment? Tom Clarke: “JNC is historically active in the used machine market and are one of the leading distributors of new and used...

Irish government promise legislative movement

Ireland
Ireland’s junior justice minister David Stanton has promised that a report on reforms for gambling will be completed by the autumn. The industry is still waiting for one of two Gambling Control Bills to be pushed forward by the government, while in the meantime operators must continue to make-do with legislation from 1956. “It is something we are determined to tackle...

New coaster to put Barry back on the map

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Barry Island Pleasure Park has a new roller coaster called The Cyclone on site and it may even be ready for the public as early as this weekend. This season has seen the sun grace every corner of the British Isles, but down in Barry Island, Wales there may well be a cyclone coming this weekend. The new coaster at...

Clacton Pier celebrates 147 years with £4m development opening

Clacton Pier
Clacton Pier has celebrated its 147th year with the opening of a new £4m development designed to establish the site as a year-round attraction. The historic Clacton Pier celebrated its 147th year on Saturday 21 July with a day of revelry, musical acts and free entertainment. As well as highlighting the memorable milestone the event marked the opening of the...

Industry making “good progress” towards GambleAware target

Gambling
With the industry making “good progress” towards GambleAware’s £10m donation target, the argument in favour of a statutory levy looks to be dead in the water. GambleAware has said it is making “good progress” towards funding its new £16m-a- year Strategic Delivery Plan after seeing a spike in voluntary donations from the industry. The industry-funded charity received £2.8m during the three...

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