All slots in the Great Britain are governed by the 2005 Gambling Act and slot machines in UK are simply called fruit machines. Just like their Australian counterparts, slots in Great Britain are also categorized into different fruit machine types. The Gambling act of 2005 led to the creation of the Gambling commission which obtained powers to control UK slots fully in 2007. As such the Gambling commission regulates and controls bingo, betting, casinos, slot machines and lotteries. As such slot operators in Great Britain/ UK get their licenses from this commission.
The Gambling commission has categorized slots into different types. As such, slot machines are categorized into 4 types with the most common categories being category A, category B and category C. Casinos in UK are can house a maximum of 20 machines between B to D categories or any number of slots of D or C slots instead. Large casinos in Great Britain can house a maximum of 150 slot machines of different combinations in B to D categories. Small casinos are allowed to house a maximum of 80 machines of any kind of combinations in B to D categories.
Category A slot games in Great Britain were defined as a preparation for Super Casinos. Even after a length process of bidding which led to Manchester being selected as the single location to house category A slots, Gordon Brown campaigned for the cancellation of its development when he became UK’s prime minister. As such, there are no legal Category A slot games in Great Britain. Category B slots come in different subcategories. However the main difference between categories B1, B2 and B4 of slot games are majorly the prizes and stakes as defined in the gambling Act. Category B2 slots feature very unique stake and prize rules compared to others. Games in Category B are mainly based on random number generator which means the chances of hitting a jackpot in every game is not dependent on other games.
Category C slot games are popularly referred to as Amusement With Prizes/ AWP, one armed bandits and fruit machines. You will commonly find the fruit machines in arcades, clubs and pubs. Commonly, these slot machines have 3 reels even though you can still find some with 3 or 4 reels with about 16 to 24 symbols printed on them. Each play involves spinning of the reels and when a given combination of symbols appears, the machine pays the winnings or the gamers play a sub game.
Category C slot games usually have many additional features, subgames and trails which increase the money winning opportunities. It is common for slot machines to pay multiple jackpots and this is referred to as rave or streak. However, each jackpot can only be won by playing a new game to ensure that regulations on maximum payouts per day are not violated. This typically involves the player pressing the machine’s start button where one credit is taken by the machine regardless of whether this leads to the spinning of reels or not.