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BACTA speaks up for arc SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY

Leslie MacLeod-Miller, BACTA’s CEO, underlined BACTA’s commitment to the softer gaming sector. He said: “The amusement industry supports social responsibility and does not believe that games should be provided if they damage the vulnerable, however, the government should adopt a consistent policy. If the Secretary of State believes there is no reason why B2 machines should not be made available by bookmakers, logically the government should allow these machines to be offered by other adult only premises, such as arcades and bingo halls. It is fundamentally unfair that businesses whose livelihoods rely on amusement machines are not permitted to offer games which are currently only available in betting shops.”

New stakes and p The illustration shows that there have been some hefty uplifts (in particular B1 casinoonly machines, which has risen by 150 per cent in terms of both stakes and prizes), while other machine categories (such as Category

Changes should have been OPERATORS

Praesepe’s head of machines Nigel Davis has criticised the government for not reacting to the industry’s concerns quickly enough. igel Davis, head of machines, N Praesepe, has been quick to point out that the latest stake and prize shake-up is not a ‘triennial’. He stated:“It might sound pedantic, however, the absence of a triennial in the preceding years has contributed significantly to the down turn in manufacturing and the absence of gaming innovation: how far this has set the domestic industry back is open for debate. Having said that, and despite the fact that we still do not have parity with other forms of high street

gaming, we have to welcome it as belated but positive news.” He continued:“It’s down to us and our colleagues in manufacturing to establish exactly what the strategy is and how we are going to address the opportunities which £100 brings. Our annual machines symposium on November 5 and which will involve senior representatives from every manufacturing company, represents a key opportunity to exchange ideas and thinking. “Clearly a prize increase with-


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BACTA urges more seaside support TRIENNIAL

Trade body BACTA has welcomed the DCMS’ Triennial announcement but has urged reconsideration by government to assist the seaside and address inconsistency. ACTA, representing the British amusement industry, has welcomed the announcement from the Secretary of State that the long awaited increases in amusement machine stake and prizes will take place early in 2014, but calls for reconsideration by the government to assist the seaside businesses and address inconsistent treatment for the provision of gambling to adults. The DCMS decision is set out in the response to the consultation on the review of gaming machine stakes and prizes which was first announced in January 2013. Steve Hawkins, BACTA’s president, commented that the association had been at the forefront of pushing for this much needed increase which will assist many small businesses at the seaside, bingo, pubs, clubs and adult gambling centres. The traditional British industry represents thousands of jobs in the UK and has been particularly hard hit with more than 200 arcade closures since September 2007 resulting in over 1,000 job losses and a decline in the manufacturing sector. He commented: “We are delighted that government has listened. BACTA, however, is disappointed that the government has not increased the stake and prize for Category D amusement machines, other than for pusher and penny falls. Category D games, such as crane grabs which are played by millions of families at the seaside every year, should be allowed a modest increase to meet customer expectation. Some Category D prize levels have not changed for the past 20 years, damaging businesses that have been serving the UK public for

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s and prizes - overview D and Category B2 - aka FOBTs) have been left untouched. Judging by immediate coin-op industry feedback, the uplift from £70 to £100 as the maximum prize for Category C machines, with the maximum stake staying

put at £1, seems to have been the most encouraging move. Most stakeholders have welcomed the increase, taking the view that it will stimulate manufacturing, which in turn will reinvigorate the soft gaming sector.

e been implemented earlier out an uplift in stake is a complicating factor, however the creation of a desirable and marketable jackpot is an important and long overdue breakthrough. It is also an opportunity for B3 players to migrate back to Category C. A £1/£100 jackpot plus repeat is perhaps more attractive than a £2/£500 random game to some players.” Davis believes that £100 is a marketable and relevant jackpot. He explained:“The onus is now on the games creators to think outside of the box and to deliver a different experience. Our job, throughout our Cashino AGC

brand and our Beacon Bingo clubs is to communicate it effectively and to create a sense of anticipation and a buzz. Plans are already well advanced to launch £100 with a bang!” Davis concluded: “We have close to 2,000 online machines from the likes of Blueprint, Project and SG Gaming which means that we can download content immediately and without fuss.But as a team we have lived through all of the Triennials that the industry has experienced - it’s what we do!”

generations and we urge the government to reconsider in order to help struggling seaside businesses. BACTA is proud of its commitment to social responsibility, customer protection and supporting the community through national charities, such as Rays of Sunshine, and will continue to work closely with the Gambling Commission, DCMS and local Government to maintain our strong reputation.” It is now crucial there is no delay in implementing these changes, believes Hawkins, and the government fast-tracks the process through Europe. One note of failure was identified by BACTA in theTriennial,and it was one the association had been driving for a significant period.The body noted that the government had failed to take the opportunity to allow its members to offer the high stake gaming machines, which are available in

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LBOs, an inconsistency the organisation believes is unfair both to the industry and customers. The Secretary of State has announced that the government does not believe there is sufficient evidence to adopt the precautionary principle in relation to B2 machines which operate on £100 a spin in bookmakers. Leslie MacLeod-Miller, BACTA’s CEO,concluded:“We call upon the government to act in a consistent way and to immediately permit all adult premises to provide these games. The provision of these games can then be assessed in the context of the Category B research which is being carried out by the Responsible Gambling Trust.”


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Manufacturers see opportunities Butler but the Triennial timing still hurts foresees MANUFACTURERS

Leading manufacturers Astra Games, Empire Games and Bell-Fruit have welcomed the government’s recent Triennial announcement, while wishing the stake and prize changes had been ratified sooner. n all battles there will be winners and losers, but the long awaited Triennial Review, announced last week, surprised many analysts for its skill in delivering the positives whilst successfully marginalising the negatives to a debate on timing rather than the overall offering. And so it was that the excruciatingly protracted and damaging delay surrounding new stakes and prizes was unveiled by the government and, Cat D and the arcade versus LBO battle aside, universally appreciated almost by an entire industry. But it was the upside and the benefits that won the day following the announcement, and rightly so, because the Triennial Review overall has offered an important opportunity, in some shape or form, to most parts of the gaming and gambling sector. And this is the view that key manufacturers were

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quick to focus on in the response to the decision. From a casino perspective, Astra Gaming Group’s Zane Mersich believes that the proposed increases have the potential to invigorate the machine sector and correct a stake and prize scenario that had been woefully out of kilter with the rest of the gaming world. He told Coinslot: “We can now deliver an enhanced offer to the player via more exciting content and games that are a little closer to what would constitute an international casino machine. “The pub sector will improve thanks to the increase in Cat C, although the extent of that improvement remains to be seen. We’re perhaps less bullish about how the Tr i e n n i a l w i l l

positively impact arcade and bingo. We’ve yet to see whether or not an enhanced offer will prove enticing for players,but we acknowledge that the opportunity now exists to improve trading in these sectors. “The timing of the review has been poor.The measures outlined by the government should be in place already. Had that been the case we would have had the opportunity to test product - specifically Cat C - in the run-up to EAG and ICE. “While we welcome the Triennial measures, there remains the unanswered question over the un-level playing field in

regard to machine stakes.At this point there is not a level playing field and we should aspire to ensure that the imbalance is corrected.” Bell-Fruit’s John Austin, meanwhile, believes that the introduction of a £100 Cat C prize will provide an important opportunity to develop more engaging games and that it has the potential to slow down the decline in Cat C sales. He told Coinslot:“I’m also confident that the new prize level will drive improved Cat C revenues.However,it’s vital that any growth in the cashbox is shared more equitably throughout the supply chain in order to breathe life back into an ailing industry.As for the timing of the Triennial, it is fair to say that it should have happened sooner.The unnecessary delays in getting to this pivotal stage have caused the demise of several respected businesses.” Empire Games’

Craig Beer reckons that the increases will bring renewed opportunities to the marketplace, with the main beneficiaries being the Cat C and B4 sectors. He tempered this by stating: “It is disappointing that no added benefits were given to complex Cat D, and that no parity was awarded to enable us to compete on a level playing field with LBOs.” He added: “It might also give businesses that have been struggling to keep their heads above water an opportunity to gain market penetration. New models may be the key to better game delivery by the developers.” Beer agreed with Austin’s assertion that the Triennial has come too late. He explained:“Sadly, it has come too late for some very respectable industry professionals. As an industry we have been denied an increase in stakes and prizes for far too long which has definitely resulted in loss of businesses, jobs and revenues.”

Exciting challenges ahead for Cat C and AGC sectors CONTENT PROVIDERS

Tony Boulton has taken the Triennial announcement in Pgoodroject’s heart, particularly with reference to Category C, but is concerned that Category D could be falling behind. He told Coinslot: “The Cat D sector would have benefited from an increase to £10 as the £5 is a long standing value and this sector needs to keep pace with inflation and increased business costs.” Boulton is more upbeat,however, about the prospects of the AWP sector. He explained: “We would expect the £100 prize to have a positive effect on Cat C performance and as a consequence an increase in

demand.The single site sector will see a significant increase in output as the environment does not have B3 machines so the increase in prize is not diluted by other products. He revealed that between now and EAG 2014 Project will continue its development program on B3,but has allocated resource since July to Cat C and will have available a range of slots and pokers for the EAG. Boulton added:“We need to work with our customers to redefine the Cat C sector which has been marginalised with B3 on lower prices of play (25p/50p) this is an opportunity to create a 'value' product in a very competitive market.” Project’s MD believes that players who prefer casinos or bookmak-

ers are probably already playing there. He said:“The AGC customer is looking for choice of product in an environment that feels comfortable for both male and female customers. The unique selling point for an AGC is the ability to offer choice and this is something which we must continue to recognise and maximise.” As far as an immediate response to the DCMS’ statement is concerned, Boulton sees getting machines out on test as vital.“We need to communicate the change to the players and work with our customers to evolve a great product. The single site sector will have the biggest operational challenge. The AGC and bingo sectors will take things a little slower and see

which games work and adjust the speed of the process in line with performance.” Finishing on a positive note, Boulton stated:“New technology, technical standards and innovation will never go away but this is an important milestone in the evolution of a category did dominate the market.We have high expectations for £100.”

pub sector uplift OPERATORS

amestec’s Chris Butler, who G operates in the single site market, has welcomed last week’s announcement made by the DCMS. He told Coinslot: “The pub sector has long been in need of a shot in the arm and we hope that a £100 top prize for Cat C delivers just that. However, we ought to be cautious cashbox increases have historically been driven by coin changes, maximum stake increases and the ability to play all of the inserted coin rather than by simply increasing the maximum prize. We hope that the new £100 payout will buck that trend and, more importantly, that we can all look to reinvest in the business for the future. “From a logistical perspective, the Triennial is likely to place major pressure on the system. We will be in a position where we have to convert, change or adapt all of our estate to new stakes and prizes within a very small window of opportunity. This is a significant undertaking, but it is what we do best. Every machine will require a change or an update. Some sites will need to be fully converted while others will opt for slower introduction.”


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BBPA welcomes rise in pub machine prizes to £100

AMG has mixed emotions as Triennial leaves Cat D out in the cold DISTRIBUTORS

Directors at leading distributor AMG Leisure were quick to respond to last week’s DCMS’ Triennial announcement, examining the pros and cons of the new stake and prize levels.

MG Leisure were among the early response teams to the Triennial Review news last week with director Mark Sowray recognising the full potential of the the stake and prize rise. He argued that the lift in prizes from £70 to £100 for Category C machines represents a tremendous opportunity for all concerned. Talking to Coinslot, he offered a balanced view:“It’s no ‘gimme’, but once the manufacturers figure out

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BiSL delighted with government support TRADE BODIES

iSL has responded positively to the 2012 TriB ennial process and the DCMS’ success in achieving cabinet approval. The trade body’s Peter Hannibal stated:“We welcome the changes as proposed, particularly the long awaited increase to Category C jackpots which we now need to see stimulate innovation and

development. “The important thing for government from here on is to ensure that the rest of the process is allowed to continue unhindered to facilitate an early January implementation date. We are all looking forward to seeing the new products at the shows in the New Year. “We are also delighted to note the governments support of the continuation of the Triennial process.But as we stated in our response to the consultation, the industry has to get better at providing information and evidence to inform future changes, and the proposed 2016 Triennial review is now one of our next big challenges.” He concluded: “There isn’t much for the industry to shout about currently, however, this is a small but positive step forwards.”

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British Beer & Pub the organiTsationheAssociation, representing the the dynamics of the £100 environment and factor in the best aspects of the new Cat C regulations we could see some long overdue sector growth. However, Category D remains untouched and unfortunately seems left behind.” The company’s Terry Farr added: “The B1 stake increase from £2 to £5, which is a 150 per cent increase, is an explosive move, as is the prize uplift from £4,000 to £10,000. That’s before we even men-

tion the £20,000 linked progressive jackpot which in my mind actually represents a cultural change.” He continued:“I think it’s clear that the AGC sector is the poor relation again.This sector effectively becomes further disenfranchised while these measures push people towards casinos and away from AGCs. It certainly doesn’t seem to be a level playing field.” Farr concluded:“Add this to the fact that there’s no balanced or cogent expla-

nation why an adult can walk into an AGC and only be allowed to make a £2 stake, as opposed to £100 a time in the LBO.As it stands, it’s incongruous.When you consider it’s possible for an adult gaming centre to be positioned right next door to a licensed betting office and largely have the same kind of operating environment and are governed by the same kind of obligations and regulations, the whole thing seems irrational.”

Hi-tech and lo-tech can benefit from prize increase DISTRIBUTORS

LMS Sales’ Phil Boulton believes that the biggest benefit for his firm and the R like will be in Cat C, both hi-tech and lotech. He told Coinslot:“In hi-tech, it should help the games designers to continue to develop engaging product for players that we have seen since the introduction ofTec Standards. For lo-tech, we are all looking for re-investment by operators to displace further legacy product. The £100 offer could just do that. “B4 and B3A, whilst more niche products, the new formulae should also reinvigorate the B3A and B4 sectors and we look forward to seeing what the developers come up with.This has to be a fillip to an industry that, at best, is surviving, at worst, is consolidating at a scary rate with many casualties along the way. Let’s hope this stems that decline. “One box that didn’t get ticked was the speed at which the Triennial was addressed. Many of us have a huge investment in annual trade shows and, ideally, we would have had the new machines for the end of this year fully tested to enable us to hit the ground running for 2014. Still,

at least for the EAG and ICE shows, the changes will have been implemented.” Boulton concluded:“We got what we expected. With all the controversy and uncertainty still surrounding B2, it was no surprise that B3 would be left alone as indeed was Cat D (pushers excepted). I don’t think this will matter too much where Cat D is concerned and believe with strong product which is now starting to come through, and an advantageous MGD rate, this category should still grow next year. B3 will remain tough, but that is inevitable given that numbers are restricted and replacement rates are low.”

brewing and pub sector in the UK, has welcomed last week’s decision to raise the prize limit for Category C or ‘fruit machines’ to £100. The BBPA, which has led calls for the change, says it is a welcome boost for the pub trade, with the increase (from the current top prize of £70) ensuring that machines remain an important revenue stream for pubs. The BBPA has also welcomed moves to reintroduce the regular triennial review system, which was in place before the implementation of the Gambling Act 2005 to allow for prizes to be reviewed and adjusted on a more regular basis. The next review will now take place before the end of 2016. BBPA chief executive Brigid Simmonds commented: “We have pushed hard for this increase, so it is very welcome. It protects machine income, helps pubs and allows for innovation and investment in what is a very British industry. It is another example of a positive policy from the government to support pubs, after the historic cut in beer duty earlier in the year.” She concluded: “The BBPA has enhanced its Category C Machines Responsible Practice code for pub operators. We also look forward to working with the government and Gambling Commission to ensure staff are trained, machines are supervised and that they incorporate social responsibility messaging.”


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SG Gaming announces deal with AMG Leisure PARTNERSHIP

G Gaming, a division of Scientific Games SCorporation, has entered into a collaboration with AMG Leisure, one of the UK’s leading distributors of gaming and entertainment machines. AMG will become a

distributor of SG Gaming’s arcade and bingo products, including its state-of-the-art T8 terminal, game software and support services to a wide customer base. Phil Horne, group managing director at SG Gaming, said: “We are committed to supporting

independent operators and single site arcades. Working with AMG Leisure as a supplier helps to get our products and content into this very important segment of the arcade and bingo sector.” Mark Sowray, managing director at AMG, said:

“We are really looking forward to working with SG Gaming and are excited to be able to offer their terminals and exciting content to our customers. We strive to offer the latest in game play and equipment and this arrangement will help to ensure that we remain a highly success-

ful distributor.” SG Gaming is committed to working with the industry’s leading distributors and AMG Leisure will add to SG Gaming’s list of official distributors which also includes SG Gaming’s long-term distribution partner Crown Direct.

TRADE EVENTS

Gambling machines seized in Lewisham

Organisers of international coin-op event EAG 2014 are celebrating the launch of the show’s new website, proudly describing the latest incarnation as “the culmination of a continuous cycle of improvement and investment”. he EAG has launched a new website to support the needs of all exhibitors and visitors to next year’s growing amusement and gaming trade event. Show organiser Karen Cooke explained: “The 2014 show will take place on 21-23 January at ExCel London Exhibition Centre and preparations are already at an advanced stage.The launch of the new site has been timed to coincide with the opening of registration, so we are expecting a large number of visits from day one.”

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The new site represents a shift toward a more dynamic initiative, delivered with a fresh new look and greater clarity. Speed and ease of navigation have been the key design elements for the www.eagexpo.com site, whilst still enabling visitors and exhibitors to register for the show, reserve stand space and arrange their accommodation at the site. The latest news regarding the show, exhibitor information including updated floor plans, details of events around the show plus direct access to a host

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New EAG website open for business of industry online news publications and trade supporters will also be available. Cooke continued: “We believe that the new EAG International site really harnesses the power of the

internet for the good of all the show’s stakeholders and will assist everyone in getting the most out of the event.We urge everyone to visit the website regularly but I would also like to make the point that EAG Interna-

Arcades achieve compliance

Cashbox takings go missing in Alresford

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MACHINE FRAUD

Lindsey District lresford Town Council has come has carried under fire from a former chairman EoutastCouncil A test purchasing over the alleged loss of tens of thouexercises at amusement arcades in Chapel St Leonards and Ingoldmells. Initially only two of the six premises visited prevented youngsters from accessing age-restricted areas and Category C machines, but a subsequent re-test saw a 100 per cent pass rate.

sands of pounds from fruit machines in the Kent town’s recreation centre. Robin Atkins called for an independent investigation into the loss of an estimated £35,000 from the machines at the council-run Alresford Recre-

ation Centre. Atkins told the council: “Some £35,000 is owed to the council as a result of machine fraud from March 2011 when the council under the chair of Roy Gentry approved a 50/50 deal with Enterprise Leisure. From their introduction in about May 2011 the council failed to introduce any procedures and controls with no money being received for around 22 months until February 2013.

tional is regarded as a very personal show and we will never lose the direct contact many of our exhibitors and visitors prefer.” Registration for EAG International 2014 is now live on the site.

“Both town council staff and/or Enterprise Leisure are involved. It is being covered up by the chair and the executive committee,” alleged Atkins. He called for the attempts to be made to chase the £35,000. An auditor is examining the issue.

Bournemouth Pier goes gold PIERS

ournemouth Pier has been bathed in golden light to promote the resort’s B golden ticket giveway, part of a national campaign to attract more visitors.

Des Simmons, chairman of organisers Coastal BID, said:“We wanted to create a buzz about the promotion to people across the UK and we know that stunning images of Bournemouth are very popular.”

ight gaming machines from takeaways and taxi Eoffices have been seized recently during Operation Condor led by the Metropolitan Police. The Gambling Commission supported the operation by providing technical support and expertise as part of a multi-agency operation to tackle crime in the London borough of Lewisham. The Commission’s compliance manager Andrew Isaacs said:“We were on the scene to help identify and categorise gaming machines and provide expert support to the police who led this successful local operation.” On 18 October, the Commission is briefing 27 London boroughs at Westminster City Council on gambling issues.The Commission will be hosting a gaming machines workshop in Kingston upon Hull on 23 October where licensing officers from local authorities and police forces will be shown what to look for when checking suspected illegal gaming machines.


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amusements A decision at the Court of Appeal has finally given Thanet County Council and the Dreamland Trust the go-ahead for its plans for the Dreamland site in Margate.

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Dreamland amusement park backed by Appeal Court lans for a heritage amusement park on the site of Margate’s derelict Dreamland have been given the green light by a ruling at the Court of Appeal. The previous owner of the site, DreamlandLive, had wanted to reverse a compulsory purchase order that passed control of Dreamland to Thanet District Council, after it was confirmed by the ruling of a High Court judge in May. However,last week three judges at the Court of Appeal in London backed the order, ruling that a planning inspector was entitled to conclude that the council’s project is “operationally viable”. Lord Justice Elias, sitting

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with Lords Justice Goldring and Sir David Keene, said that it was universally recognised that Margate needs urgent regeneration. He told the court:“Sadly, like many other seaside towns, Margate has lost much of its former glory and is now one of the most deprived areas in south east England. “A regeneration of the amusement park on the Dreamland site is one of two key features in that regeneration project, the other being the now-completed Turner art gallery.” DreamlandLive’s alternative proposal for the site involved an amusement park on only part of the land and the building of up to 500 homes on the rest, arguing

that is was the most financially viable option. But Lord Justice Elias rejected this, backing the planning inspector’s conclusion that Thanet District Council’s plan to create a heritage amusement park in partnership with the Dreamland Trust is the only satisfactory option. He commented: “The need for regeneration for the economic and social benefit of Margate was overwhelming: there were two schemes in play, only one of which was, in the inspector’s view, satisfactory; the proposed development required the whole site; and the CPO was necessary to secure the relevant land because the appellants were not willing

to transfer it voluntarily.” Although Communities Secretary Eric Pickles had approved the CPO in August last year, DreamlandLive tried to argue that his conclusion on the commercial viability of the scheme was “legally flawed” and based on factual errors and misleading advice. At the High Court in May Judge Sycamore said there was no merit in the challenge, a sentiment repeated by Lord Justice Elias last week. He said:“In my judgment, given in particular the strong commitment which the council had shown to implement the scheme,the inspector’s assessment that the business plan was prudent and cautious,and the willing-

ness of third parties to support the scheme by giving substantial sums of money, the inspector’s conclusion that the particular scheme was operationally viable was plainly sustainable.” He ordered DreamlandLive to pay the government’s £7,733 legal costs of the appeal. In a statement, Dreamland Live said it would not be making any further applications. However, it said it would put in an application for compensation to theThanet District Council and that the bill, along with the authority’s lack of expertise,meant the council would “have to go begging cap in hand to Kent County Council and the rate payers of Thanet”.

Former Scarborough amusement arcade operator John Shaw has received an award in recognition of his support of the NHS Blood and Transplant service. Accepting the honour after making his seventy-fifth donation, Shaw, 76, said: “I’m going to keep it up as long as I can and I’ve already booked my next session.” BAG SUSPECTS SOUGHT Southend police are seeking two women wanted in connection with the theft of a grey rucksack containing a tablet computer from the resort’s Las Vegas amusement arcade on September 11. Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Martin Knights on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Hastings Pier community shares go on sale PIERS

Hastings Pier Charity has launched a community shares scheme to try and raise the £500,000 required to make the pier a viable visitor destination.

in Hastings Pier have gone on sale three Syearshares to the day that it was almost completely destroyed by an arson attack in October 2010. For a minimum of £100 (and a maximum of £20,000) investors can become partowners of the pier, which is being sold as a community ownership scheme. Hastings Pier is being rebuilt with £14m of money raised mainly through the Heritage Lottery Fund, but Hastings Pier Charity hopes to make up a £500,000 short-

fall through the shares scheme. John Lovering, chairman of Hastings Pier Charity, told potential investors not to invest to make money but instead to play their part in shaping the pier’s future.

He said: “If you buy shares you should see yourself as a donor with a voice which will be heard. Your shares mean that you have a say in the future operation of the pier and your share shows you care about the future of

Hastings, its heritage and the regeneration of the town.” The first £200,000 of the target to be raised is the minimum the charity needs to complete the restoration of the pier’s structure and rebuild its decking. It also needs to raise an additional £300,000 to fund as many new attractions and facilities as it can in order to make the pier a viable destination. Simon Opie, CEO of Hastings Pier Charity, said the shares were important to

continue interest in the pier after its restoration. He commented: “The shares are not just about the money, but it is about creating shareholder members, people who are invested in the pier, people who care about the town, the heritage of the pier, and people who will be here for the long term. “The money that we have raised will restore the pier but beyond that it needs to have an economically viable future and that's what we hope we will create.”


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Embracing B3

The first service area in the UK was at Watford Gap on the M1, which opened with the motorway on November 2, 1959. Since that time, service stations have evolved to offer numerous services, with amusements and gaming being brought in to provide a welcome slice of leisure time during those long, sometimes tedious journeys.

There are around 100 service stations currently in operation across the UK. According to the Motorway Services website, the highest rated are Stafford Services Northbound, Burton-inKendal Services and Cherwell Valley Services.

The rise of B3 machines in bingo venues and AGCs has been mirrored in gaming areas in motorway service stations across the nation. “B3 machines are the most successful part of the gaming sector,” one operator told Coinslot.

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Always looking to improve and innovate We currently operate eight arcades in motorway service stations,including large AGC and FEC offerings across two operators. We have plans to increase this offering following our very successful entry into the sector just over a year ago. 2013 has far exceeded our expectations, and we have learned a lot since opening our very first motorway service area (MSA) site just over a year ago.We have much higher returns than the sector average and are delivering some market leading offers.The like for like growth and net machine revenues are continually increasing at a much faster rate than those of our high street businesses, which have also seen sales ahead of the previous year.This is due to a combination of us learning and adapting quickly and our customers voting with their feet and enjoying our offer. We are always improving and innovating within our machine estate.We will continue to do this for our MSA business,where there is a need for new machines that can grab customers’ attention more quickly, but are also flexible enough to accommodate the usually shorter amount of time available to players at a MSA as oppose to one of our high street venues. On this basis, a more focused approach is required to deliver value. We also believe that ticket-in, ticket-out technology will add tremendous benefit in these environments where machines are unmanned,as long as it is a cross manufacturer solution. In the MSA arena, staying one step ahead of some very innovative fraudsters has been challenging, and has ensured that we keep driving new initiatives in this area. For example, the introduction of a 24 hour monitoring and alert process, followed up with an efficient reactive process, has proved effective. Our exposure to this challenge has made us far savvier,with the experience benefiting our high street venues as well. Over the years we have built up excellent relationships with several key suppliers, which

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helped the business during what was a very difficult period for the whole industry. It is an inevitable reality that when times are tough, the stronger firms will survive.We found that suppliers who have a solid foundation and are committed to the long term have worked hard with us to deliver what the customer wants and that is always the ultimate goal. Our key suppliers are no different in this sector than they are in the core business.We have developed some new relationships, particularly in the area of FEC, and these are working well. Whilst the demographic profile may differ slightly between MSAs and other venues,the main drivers within the machine categories are heavily weighted within the AGC offering to three types of Cat B3 and a couple of the high-end Cat C, where it is much more diverse, as in the high street offering. We can conclude from our customer research that this trend is a result of the amount of time customers are on site for, and the machines that visually capture their imagination. Within the FEC space, customers are more interested in the latest craze, with characters from the movies and mobile apps coming to the fore.We have had some great feedback about our policy of introducing sit down machines, which have been well received. New product innovation has always been the lifeblood of our industry.Any good operator will tell you that the future is always about the next new thing. In our high street venues, this is complemented by service and play - so we are confident the triennial review will generate opportunities for us.The key as ever is timing and the manufacturers delivering a robust product, especially within Category C where MSAs have a massive opportunity to deliver more of what customers expect while visiting these sites.We can only continue to lobby the government to remove the obstacles that are being created to slow down this vital change for the whole industry.”


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Captive audience, safe surroundings, what’s not to like? With domestic tourism and staycations at an all-time high, more people are using the UK’s motorway network than ever before, making arcades in service stations potential goldmines.

All 100 motorway service stations in the UK must be open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year providing parking, fuel, hot drinks and basic food. What better, then, than to position an arcade somewhere on the premises? everal of the UK’s major amusement and gaming operators,two of which spoke to B2B for the purposes of this feature, have taken the opportunity to create mini-arcades within service stations and, by all accounts, have reaped the rewards from these high-footfall areas. From the largest, most bustling service areas such as Cobham on the M25,Cherwell Valley (M40) and Hilton Park (M6) to quieter, smaller services like Cullompton (M5) and Pease Pottage (23) - both of which, to give them their dues, have undergone expansion in recent years, there are rich pickings available for those brave enough to open up arcades. Nowadays,only 20 motorway services in the UK remain in the ownership of the Department forTransport and let on 50-year leases to private operating companies. Some service stations also have hotels next to them offering motorists cheap overnight accommodation. The first service area in the UK was at Watford Gap on the M1,which opened with the motorway on 2 November 1959. As more service stations opened, the number of operating companies increased, such as Blue Boar, Kenning Motor Group, Pavilion, Take a Break and Esso, although through acquisitions and mergers there are now only four major service station operators - Moto, Welcome Break, Roadchef and Extra. A similar situation seems to have developed in terms of arcade operators with an interest in service stations. Last year, for example,Talarius took over seven gaming venues from motorway service area company Extra.All seven will now trade under Talarius’ Quicksilver brand, and include both family entertainment centres (FECs) and adult gaming centres (AGCs). The deal, which covers the majority of Extra’s locations and sawTalarius move into motorway services for the first time, is part of the operator’s strategy to invest in profitable venues. Peter Harvey, CEO, stated: “This builds on our ability to get the most

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SWOT ANALYSIS MOTORWAY SERVIE ARCADES STRENGTHS • Captive audience, generally straight from car park to toilet • Positioned in massive footfall areas • Perfect test ground for new, untried equipment WEAKNESSES • Floor space at a premium • While footfall is high, linger time is short • Arcades must follow same rules as AGCs, i.e. no FOBTs allowed

out of any venue and allows us to bring the unmatched customer experience that we offer into a new market. For Extra’s customers we will bring the best machines, gaming experience and the entertaining atmosphere you get in Quicksilver venues on the high street to people on the UK’s road network.” Andrew Long, CEO of motorway service operator Extra, said:“This deal means combining the extensive specialist skills and experience of Talarius with well-located, good-quality motorway service area facilities.” Furthermore, a new industry body, the Adult Gaming Centre Forum, was formed last year by AGC, FEC and bingo operator Praesepe along with motorway service firms Welcome Break, Roadchef and Moto Hospitality. Meanwhile, earlier this month, Playnation announced that is to supply Roadchef, which operates 28 service stations across the UK, with gaming terminals.The move means that Playnation now supplies all Roadchef’s B3 gaming estate. Playnation’s role as Roadchef’s sole provider of gaming terminals comes after nearly six years of the two firms working together. Roadchef’s Mike Heaton said:“The decision to proceed with Playnation as the sole provider of our gaming terminals is based

OPPORTUNITIES • UK motorway network still expanding • Service stations becoming larger, friendlier and more modern THREATS • Expanding retail or food chains taking available space • Cheap train and air travel (if booked way in advance)

on the expertise the company has lent to Roadchef in recent years,such as their assistance with the acquisition of our gambling licence.” Ryan Collinge, sales director of Playnation, added: “We’re really excited about bringing Storm, one of our most advanced gaming terminals, to a wider audience.The new machines give players access to content from all the leading providers, with games offering jackpots of up to £500.” Under the terms of their lease,motorway services must provide free short-term parking (two hours),free 24-hour toilet facilities and ‘adequate provision’ for the sale of food and fuel 24 hours a day. Imagine then, the cashbox potential of any coin-op machine up and running, waiting patiently for the next commuter, holiday-maker or trucker to rid themselves of their loose change? It’s no wonder, therefore, that many services now have video game areas and adult-only gambling areas.The operators who have made inroads (pardon the pun) into this sector must be praised,as their mini-arcades are positioned in some of the UK’s biggest footfall areas.While the path from motorway car park to ladies or gents toilets is hardly deserving of the red carpet treatment, positioning the latest and greatest coin-op entertainment en route is an underrated stroke of genius.

gling to find a single negative to pin on the sector, beyond the ludicrous food prices. The latter is, of course, a by-product of being forced to pay for 24-hour, 365 days a year, licences, but beyond that minor gripe today’s UK’s service stations are, by and large, big, clean, safe and amenity-packed. Enter the motorway service station arcade and, lest we forget, those amusement-only machines that are somehow shoehorned in too. What a great idea. Family of five arrives at services desperate for the toilet and to stretch their legs, all of them visit the above mentioned convenience, and, inevitably, the adults and the kids with the most pester-power lighten their wallets via the coin-op machines. The sector is quite a progressive one too, with widespread use of ticketing systems, B3 gaming and some of the industry’s most innovative games - straddling several categories - being positioned within. The issue of floor space seems to have been tackled with vigour too as the arcades I’ve seen at service stations in recent years have all been worthy of the phrase ‘small, but perfectly formed’ with just the right balance of ‘adult only’ and ‘obviously for kids’ areas. Like anything which is likely to hold large amounts of cash at any given time, motorway service station arcades are often targeted by thieves, which is obviously a bad thing. Some of the industrywide solutions that security experts have come up with to thwart them, however, have emerged as a direct result of such nefarious activities. I’m sure I speak for all of us when I say you can’t beat arresting a machine thief because, for example, he’s been squirted all over by a non-removable security spray. In other words, not only is the motorway service arcade sector a thriving, futurefacing element of UK coin-op, it is vital as a live testing ground for new innovations. When you consider that there are 100 busy, bustling service stations dotted up and down the UK’s sprawling motorway network, is there any reason why you wouldn’t want the best possible machines in there doing the business? Coinslot OCTOBER 18 - OCTOBER 24, 2013

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B3 and vending remain ‘notable growth areas’ Alex Lee speaks to Playnation’s Adam Hodges to find out what the country’s major motorway service station AGC operator’s thoughts were on the current trading landscape. 2B: How many arcades do you operate in motorway service stations and what plans do you have for growth next year & beyond? Adam Hodges:We supply and service over 170 adult gaming centres (AGCs) across the motorway network throughout the UK. AGCs can prove to be extremely profitable for motor service area operators and we see growth opportunities over the next 12 months.We are always looking to refresh our offering and ensure that we have new and exciting games on our terminals and will continue to prioritise this area over the next 12 months.

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B2B: How much are you looking forward to the Triennial Review and what are you expecting in terms of new product

innovation? AH:We feel that theTriennial review will help to reinvigorate the lower stake Category C market.We have seen a slight decline across this product over the last two years and are looking forward to seeing new products and games across this market to help satisfy customer demand.

ensured that we have retained existing clients and have improved market penetration.

B2B: What types of new products and services will you be looking out for in the coming months and what qualities do you look for in new machines? We always aim to bring innovation to the marketplace, but equally we don’t want to overcomplicate the offer. New machines need to B2B: How has 2013 been for you thus far deliver value for money in all situations, be compared to previous years? AH:2013 has been a good year across the MSA simple for players to operate and be reliable (motorway service area) sector and we have so that there is minimal downtime. seen growth from both our B3 gaming machines and new vending products.The B2B: How much of an impact will what you state-of-the-art Storm terminals offer players see and do at 2014’s EAG have on shaping a huge range of new and exciting games.We your operation for the coming year? are committed to providing the best games AH: Our operations for 2014 have already and service to our customers, which has been planned, but we are an agile business and will be able to take advantage of any opportunities we see that can provide value for our clients and us.The gaming world is so fast-paced and technology is constantly evolving so our eyes and ears are always open for the latest innovations. B2B: Who are your main suppliers for your machines deployed in the motorway serv-

ices sector? We offer a wide range of products to suit individual customer needs across the sector,ranging from traditional Bell-Fruit slot machines to new and exciting video products from Blueprint with the Genie Cabinet. B2B: Which product genres are currently most popular in your motorway services arcades and which demographic do they appeal to? AH: Inspired Gaming’s Storm cabinet has been really well received and we have seen huge growth across all sites where the cabinet is installed.We have also launched a‘ticket in, ticket out’ (TITO) system, which has proved to be extremely popular.The TITO system provides privacy that players clearly value which we believe has prompted new customers to use the arcades.There are also benefits to the operator as the ticket system means that machines do not have to be readily stocked with large cash amounts and high value winnings can be redeemed at a till point.

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Rest... replenish... refuel... Roadchef operates 20 motorway service areas across the UK. Mike Heaton, director of commercial and loss prevention for the company, explains why a comprehensive gaming and amusement offering remains a vital part of the business. oinslot: How would you sum up trading for Roadchef in 2013? C Mike Heaton: Roadchef is performing well in 2013, with major investment and development works at various sites.These include the continued expansion and roll-out of McDonald’s restaurants together with new Costa Coffee units and new seating areas.

accommodation at our Days Inn hotels. Although we have witnessed an increase in footfall numbers over the last few years we attribute this to our introduction of new brands,offers and to the quality of customer service on offer.

CS: Could you outline your relationship with Playnation? CS: Have consumer habits changed since MH:We have worked together with Playnathe start of the economic downturn in tion over the past five years using their 2008? expertise in machines variety and content. MH: Roadchef, like many businesses, has This has developed into a long-term partfound the last few years challenging as cus- nership, sharing common goals and the rolltomers are managing their spend more out of B3 Storm terminals across the wisely.At Roadchef,we believe that we offer Roadchef estate. customers value for money with a great range of catering and retail facilities and mer- CS: How important is the amusements and chandise to chose from, in addition to value gaming sector for Roadchef? Coinslot OCTOBER 18 - OCTOBER 24, 2013


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Taking the long-term view RLMS Sales’ Chris Widdowson believe that 2014 will present a plethora of new games for distributors, operators and players to get their teeth into. hris Widdowson, RLMS’ key account manager,believes that one of the toughC est challenges for distributors working in the motorway service arcade sector is timing to ensure that RLMS supplies product to meet the key trading times on the motorways. He explained:“The motorway sector is seasonal with heightened activity around key holiday periods where there is far more traffic on the roads whether that be from families and holiday makers travelling or increased numbers of coach parties and tourist excursions on the move, this of course leads to greater footfall through the service stations.We need to be aware of these peak trading times and ensuring purchase decision are made in time to link with manufacturer lead times so the service station operators have the kit in good time to have it installed for the key trading period. “It was not so long ago that motorways offered a fairly narrow range of product. On the gaming side the range was very much hi-tech and very little else.Over time, suppliers in conjunction with the service

MH:As with all sectors across the company, gaming is a vital part of the business offering the customer a great range and variety of games and machines. With the diverse range of customers visiting the company to include business people,HGV drivers,coach passengers and families, we believe that we cater for all. Gaming is constantly evolving with new legislation, games and content coming to the market,we strive to keep up to date at all times. CS: Which gaming categories are currently proving most successful for your service stations? MH: B3 machines are the most successful part of the gaming sector, with a 83 per cent split, compared to a 17 per cent split for Cat C machines. This has grown over recent months since the introduction of the B3 Storm machines on the Inspired platform. The Storm machine offers a great variety of games on them, offering the player choice,

station machine departments have introduced a wide range of gaming product to appeal to a wide player base.You can now find on the motorways gaming product across Categories B3, C and D, hi-tech and lo-tech game styles, multi-player and community style games and product on differing technology platforms, be it traditional spinning reels or state of the art touch screen digital product. “Certain hi-tech models will perform better in a motorway than they do in the hi-tech’s traditional home of the pub environment and vice versa.We operate a comprehensive test programme with our customers so they can determine the performance in motorway locations rather than purchasing product based on performance in other sectors. “Our strength lies in our relationships between our customers and our suppliers. We perform a pivotal role working with the motorway station suppliers understanding their needs and working with our machine suppliers to ensure those needs are met.This is both from a game development and machine specification perspec-

tive. Motorways have heightened security features on all their products and we constantly review the situation to ensure the preventative measures installed are still robust and we remain one step ahead of the criminal elements. “We have a great range in hi-tech product from Bell-Fruit Games and Deal or no Deal is as popular in Motorways as it is in the pub sector. On the lo-tech gaming side we have Astra Games and Empire Games and in B3 our main offering is from Project and Astra Games.The key to move forward with our motorway partners is to constantly develop product based on performance and feedback from a comprehensive and rigorous testing and review process.”

quality and a great experience. CS: Which amusement products are top performers? MH: Our unlicensed family entertainment centres have a great variety of machines on offer to include Cat D machines, cranes and grabbers for the wider customer audience to include families. The top performers include Key Masters and Jumbo Cranes with great prizes and branded toys on offer. CS: What are your thoughts on ticket in, ticket out (TITO), and why do you feel this format is proving to be so successful in motorway service stations? MH:TITO has taken off amazingly across the sector since the recent introduction of the Storm terminals and the automatic ticket redemption (ATR) machines.This offers a one-stop solution and ease for customers and players.The player has the choice to cash out at any time from the B3 machines and use the dispensed winning ticket to play on any other B3 machine or collect their cash winnings from the ATR. Furthermore, this process improves security and cost savings across the business in addition to reduced machine down time,as the machines do not constantly need refilling or refloating. Coinslot OCTOBER 18 - OCTOBER 24, 2013


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Amatic Industries’ Performer video cabinet is now available in the UK and Ireland through Genesis Games. Games has been distributing the Amatic Industries range of video gaming product in the GUKenesis and Ireland for 15 years. Over this period the

Two years ago, one of the biggest players in the AGC sector, Praesepe, encouraged like-minded operators to join a new forum that wouldn’t be afraid to bang the drum from time to time. And since that time, the AGC forum has continued to spread the word. raesepe, whose Cashino brand is the largest and fastest growing AGC chain in the UK, joined forces with Motorway Service Operators Welcome Break, Moto and RoadChef in 2012 to form a new and progressiveAGC forum.The forum,the brainchild of Praesepe CEO Nick Harding, represents in

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excess of 300 AGC licences, a figure which accounts for some 25 per cent of the overall inland market, making it a representative and powerful force for the sector. Explaining how the new initiative works, Harding told Coinslot:“We look at all of the various issues impactingAGCs andAGC oper-

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ators.As a group we feel the AGC does require more effective representation and, to a certain extent, has become the forgotten sector.We work very closely with manufacturers to establish how they see the market developing and to identify how we can work more closely to continue to produce player-centric machines.” Indeed, the forum invites a manufacturer to each meeting to showcase their current catalogue, and to discuss their views on current innovations and development. He added:“In particular, we wish to ensure that new machines are developed with the latest security to deter crime, that operators are able to tailor machine features to best fit their own specific needs and data solutions are developed that give operators consistent quality information to aid decision making across all of their inventory.And on the occasions that we feel the sector needs to make some noise we won’t be afraid to bang the AGC drum.” Harding also pointed out the need for a direct and clear approach, saying: “I think it’s very important that this forum does not become bogged down in politics and provides an effective voice which works with the community of machine manufacturers. Our primary aim is for the forum to be informal, open and most of all productive.” Back at the time when the Forum was in its fledgling form, Moto’s Graham Glanfield was a keen and early advocate: “I was really impressed by Praesepe’s machine symposium. It struck me that the structure and the format was absolutely right and more was achieved by spending four hours in a semi-formal environment talking machines with the manufacturers than I thought would have been possible. The forum will certainly be a positive development for Moto and I see no reason why that shouldn’t be the case for all AGC operators.”

product has proved extremely successful and is now established as a market leader in these markets. The Amatic product range is extremely diverse, ranging form twin wheel multiplayer roulettes to upright video gaming slot machines. In the UK, and Northern Ireland, the video slots have been licensed for the B3, B3a and Cat C gaming categories. The 19-inch X3000 video slot is now a major success, featuring strongly amongst the highest earning machines in each category, in both Plc chains as well as local locations. Amatic Industries is among the most successful of the large gaming machine manufacturers. One of the major reasons is the company’s belief in the constant evolution of the product range. To this end, Amatic is now introducing the Performer video game cabinet. The striking Performer cabinet is a dual, 22-inch monitor design. High-resolution graphics, superb sound effects and a high quality well branded cabinet are amongst the initial features that attract the player. A range of new games has been designed for the cabinet. The library is continually being added to, ensuring the longevity of the product. All genres of game are in the compendium from simple three line games up to 50 line games with multiple win options. Win spin features, mystery bonuses and free spins ensure players are entertained during their playing time. Player interaction is enhanced by the use of the top monitor in the aforementioned features. Robust testing of the product has been carried out since the beginning of 2013, and according to Genesis Games results have been “amazing”, with levels of income exceeding previous levels achieved in many locations. “Reliability is an important factor in the success of any machine and the 22-inch Performer measures up very strongly in this area,” said Steve Bierrum of Genesis. “High quality peripherals ensure the product can run 24/7 for indefinite periods - a vital issue in a market that is increasingly moving towards all day and night opening. Front entry ensures ease of access to all components inside the cabinet, both for engineers and management.” Various forms of cash redemption can be utilised with the Performer - from the traditional hopper to TITO, and from a simple standalone handpay to a sophisticated back office management system.


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This new, head office based role, will ensure we continue to purchase products, games and features which engage users and ensure maximum cash box returns. The successful candidate will appreciate how a mix of great content, design, technology and marketing is instrumental to cash box revenues. With experience and understanding of the digital gaming market, the candidate will understand technology and connectivity and the advantages to both operator and retailer of such. The role will also be instrumental to the development of a bespoke back office interface developed in conjunction with our IT department. If you feel you can take your knowledge and experience of the gaming market to the next level, supported by a major national operator then please send your CV and covering letter, including salary expectations to: recruitment@sceptreleisure.co.uk

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COSMIC FIRST 11

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KEEPLAYERS

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Tim Stanhope

Peter Holmes

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HAMMERTIME

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34

325

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ABOVE STANDARDS

Lee Clarke

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316

9

AMG FIRST 11

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BOWLERS BOYZ

Terry Farr

47

Andy Bowler

39

11 12

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SHERWIN A TEAM

Mark Sherwin

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Tom Clarke

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AMG OOOOSSSHHH

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KEEDAY RESERVES

Peter Holmes

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JABRO BOYS

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JAMIES SHOPPERS 11

18

SHELL'S ELEVEN

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AMG LEISURE

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LE COINSPINNERS

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11 UNDER PAR

Ross Evans

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GILLSGILLSGILLS

Colin Smith

23

MUCKING FUDDLERS

Chris Skelly

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IFUN@SUNDANCERS

Shaney Pashley

25

COMRIEAUTOMATICS

Jack Craddock

26

JOHN WARK'S MILKMEN

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Weekly Points

Total Points

Current Team Position Name

Manager Name

Weekly Points

Total Points

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BRAMBLEBOYZ123

Andy Bowler

21

247

23

287

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HOT CHIPS

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247

25

287

71

STEVIE G LUCKY 11

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245

23

286

72

JOHNNYS SHOPPERS 11

John Mitchell

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244

Matty Sirett

30

282

73

ESSEX BOYS 2

Steve Hawkins

34

243

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282

74

AMS VXR GJ

Roger Jarrett

21

238

DANS DESTROYERS

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280

75

BEADLES 1

Peter Hemmings

21

237

42

THE TEAM THAT WIN

Hugo Illingworth

21

278

76

BIG PRIZE WINNERS

Harry Leaveme

27

237

316

43

CAREFREE BAZZA

Glyn Petrie

35

278

77

SHOWBOAT ALLSTARS

Ray Harris

20

235

310

44

HOLTY'S HOTSPOTS

Tony Holt

34

276

78

DELAYZIGITS

Dave Delay

28

235

29

307

45

LLL CITY

Keith Parker

16

273

79

JO'S ASSETS

Joanne Crooks

26

234

23

306

46

EASY MONEY

Steve Barber

14

272

80

EE BAH GUM

Simon Shaw

33

233

28

306

47

JABRO LIONS

Tony Brookes

23

272

81

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Alex Lee

22

231

25

305

48

CLUB TROPICANA

Warren Roffey

20

268

82

BEST SELECTION

John Jennings

17

230

25

305

49

RANGERS RETURN 1

Ashley Temple

27

268

83

DIBBS ELEVEN

Tracey Dibben

25

228

Tony Brookes

26

305

50

JJ'S SHOPPERS 11

JJ Lucky

34

268

84

RICK'S BOYZ

Andy Bowler

30

227

Jamie Lucky

31

304

51

THE ELDORADO TRACTOR BOYS

Stoo Evans

31

266

85

TOWER POWER

Tony O'Brien

24

223

31

301

52

LLL ACCIES

John Hood

20

265

86

HOLIDAY MONEY

Darrell Webb

13

221

34

301

53

CASHBOX KINGS

James Illingworth

36

264

87

FERGIES FINEST

Kevin Temple

18

219

27

300

54

NES UNITED

Chris Bell

22

260

88

LLL BELLES

Amelia Stanhope

13

218

27

300

55

AINT GOT A KALOU

Stuart Heyden

16

259

89

DONKEY LASHERS

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16

218

21

299

56

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25

259

90

BURSNELL'S BULLETS

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19

218

24

299

57

AK BABES

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23

258

91

WARWICKS WINNERS

Warwick Tunnicliffe

33

218

27

297

58

BEADLES 2

Peter Hemmings

25

258

92

ESSEX'S FINEST

Dave Clarke

32

215

37

297

59

CAREFREE ALDON

Glyn Petrie

22

256

93

UPHILL SKIERS

Bill Knowles

21

207

Stu & Stoo

28

295

60

ESSEX BOYS 1

Steve Hawkins

32

256

94

RANGERS RETURN 2

Ashley Temple

20

205

ANGRY BALLS

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16

293

61

S.A.S FC

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23

255

95

BUMBLE IN THE JUNGLE

Harry Leaveme

32

205

KEEDAY LEGENDS

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25

293

62

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27

255

96

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Simon Shaw

14

202

29

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Peter Holmes

34

293

63

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Alex Lee

38

253

97

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Bill Knowles

21

200

30

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Scott Yarham

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293

64

DIDCOT GOALBUSTERS

John Carpenter

22

252

98

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Reece Newman

19

199

31

BAYERN OTHER STRIKER

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21

292

65

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251

99

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Simon Shaw

15

194

32

JACKSONS SUPER BLUES

Phillip Nelson

31

292

66

RAYLEIGHS REJECTS

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42

251

100 M.O.T

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17

191

33

COSMIC SECOND 11

Terry Farr

39

291

67

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22

249

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189

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248

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alex lee comment o here it is. Perhaps unexpectedly B1 got a big uplift from £2 to £5/£4,000 to £10,000 (with provision for £20,000 progressive jackpots), FOBT stakes and prizes remained the same, as did Category D, while Cat C got a bit of a boost from £70 to £100. RLMS’ Tony Glanville made the interesting observation that £100 is a much more workable figure from the perspective of actually naming new products (‘Ton this’, ‘Century that’) and engaging the minds of players for whom £100 actually means something, rather than the arbitrary £70 or, prior to that, £35. Opportunity knocks, then, particularly for those adept at pumping out winning Cat C titles.The ageold demographic debate rears its ugly head again, however,when it comes to casino gaming, licensed betting office gaming and ‘soft gaming’ on the likes of AWPs and SWPs. Even in my relatively small circle of friends (yes, unbelievably, I’m not that popular), I can name people who’d happily pump a few pounds into a Cat C machine, but wouldn’t go near a casino, nor a bookmakers for that matter.All the other possible permutations exist within my

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‘There’s life in Category C yet!” circle of friends too, from those who would never be drawn in by any form of coin-op gaming, through to those (me included) who’d have a dabble on anything once. The bottom line then, it would seem, is to get the product right in terms of mass appeal and hope that wherever it’s positioned there’s a high enough level of footfall to a) justify its floor space and b) fill up that cashbox. To this end, EAG 2014 has instantly become an even more attractive proposition than perhaps it might have been before the Triennial announcement. Suddenly we’ve all got something to get our teeth into and right now all the links of the manufacture and supply chain must be rattling like a car engine in those agonising final moments before it seizes. Trust me, I know what this sounds like. So, rather than cough and splutter to a halt like my old Ford Escort, we must seize the day and stimulate that market in the only way we know how - through invention, innovation and sheer hard work, regardless of what’s going on across the road at the bookies or over at the mixed-use entertainment complex in the casino.

New Bath casino will be no wash alex lee

A major entertainmen and kiddy rides are according to recent p

media watch etailed images of how Sawclose, in Bath, will look D after a £14m casino develop-

eral buildings will be demolished including the kiosk, one and two Bridewell Lane, the Regency garage and the ment have been revealed, former clinic building. A northaccording to the Bath ern extension to the Gala Chronicle. Bingo hall, which is to the rear The pictures, which show of the building, will also be the area becoming virtually demolished. According to pedestrianised with space for Deeley Freed’s heritage stateal fresco dining, form part of a ment, despite the hall being a formal planning application Grade II Listed building, the submitted by developers northern extension is an amalDeeley Freed. gamation of various buildings The multi-million pound scheme will deliver Bath’s first and has been significantly altered over the last 100 years. casino, as well as two new Gala Bingo and the Market restaurants and a luxury 148bedroom hotel. It is anticipated pub will close to make way for the new casino and hotel. The the new leisure quarter, Sawclose public and private expected to open in the car parks will also go. The summer 2016, will create entire scheme, including a new 116 jobs. modern four-storey building, The casino, which has has been designed by Bathalready been granted a provisional licence, will be operated based Aaron Evans Architects. Deeley Freed’s planning by French firm Groupe Parconsultant, Chris Hays, said: touche SA in partnership with Global Gaming Ventures (Bath) “The proposals have been Limited. The hotel will be oper- worked up and refined over a long period of time, with input ated by Z Hotels. from the Council’s technical As part of the scheme sev-

officers, local interest groups and businesses, and the wider public. This process has been invaluable in ensuring that we put forward a development scheme that is sensitive to the historic environment and a good fit with neighbouring uses. The scheme represents important investment in Bath City Centre, rejuvenating a key central space and delivering new uses that will underpin Bath’s entertainment and leisure sector.” Bath and North East Somerset Council are scheduled to make a decision on the plans by February next year with work due to start in the summer of 2014. Meanwhile, rumours of a Gala sale continue, according to www.business-sale.com. The website states that the Gala Coral Group is set to sell its bingo club business, Gala Bingo, ahead of the group’s planned flotation in a year’s time. The Times newspaper


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“The myths surrounding the employment of apprentices in the licensed retail trade have only served to deter owners/operators of licensed premises from tapping into a hugely beneficial talent pipeline that could be available to them.”

Player protection at heart of stake and prize package

RACHEL FIDLER, THE MORNING ADVERTISER

“Over the years, a number of astute industry observers have warned operators that they are losing sales by declining to put items on their menus that they consider ‘fads.’ Even supposing the sceptics to be correct and the item falls out of favour after six months, somebody can be selling a whole lot of it in the meantime.”

The government’s response to consultation on stake and prize limits for gaming machines has been published. MP Helen Grant, Minister for Sport & Equalities, gives an overview of the document.

TIM SANFORD, THE VENDING TIMES

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“A major attraction in Asia, where they are commonplace in arcades and FECs, fishing games are beginning to migrate to other markets around the world.” STAFF WRITER, INTERGAME

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“As a new minister for the industry, Sajid Javid has proved engaged and insightful, keen to listen to the sector’s economic case. He has been there to back us for growth, for championing pubs and communities. He has made the case to the Chancellor for the first cut in beer duty since the 1950s.” BRIGID SIMMONDS, BBPA

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or entertainment development is afoot in Bath, while rumours of a Gala buy-out continue ddy rides are proliferating as they don’t come under the auspices of the Gambling Act, ding to recent press reports.

reported that the company was in touch with investment banks last week to ascertain who to appoint to handle a strategic review of Gala’s options. Goldman Sachs is thought to be the favourite, although Credit Suisse, Rothschild, Morgan Stanley and Deutsche Bank were also present in discussions. The decision to look into a possible business sale comes after various unsolicited approaches from private equity firms. If a sale of the Gala chain, which includes around 140 bingo clubs, does go through, analysts predict the value to be in the region of £250 million to £300 million. Given that the business hasn’t had a particularly strong summer, partly due to the good weather which has kept people outside, further thought is also being put into the alternative option of selling off some of the worst performing clubs separately. This move would

be designed to attract greater levels of interest in the sale of the bulk of the business. A sale of the poorer performing clubs would not include the online bingo business or the Gala name, leaving the higher value areas of the business for sale together. And finally, no matter where you are in the world, you’re never far away from a children’s ride, according to Intergame. It’s simply a fact of life that such rides go hand-inhand with not only family entertainment centres, but retail venues, leisure centres, airports and all manner of other locations. But what is the secret to their continued success? Technologically, for example, rides aren’t vastly different to how they were several decades ago. There must be something

else at work here… “The great thing about kiddie rides in the UK and Ireland,” said Paolo Sidoli of SB Machines, “is that they fall outside the scope of the Gambling Act, therefore as long as they are properly homologated and CE stamped, ADIPS tested and sensibly assessed and prepared before installation, then they can be placed anywhere and everywhere.” He added: “The best locations are always those which we call ‘family destinations’ these will include supermarkets and shopping malls, cinemas, amusement parks and piers, holiday centres, farm parks and zoos and, of course, the ubiquitous seaside amusement arcade or family entertainment centre.”

protection is at the heart of a gaming machine Pstakelayer and prizes package that helps growth.The government has set out plans to stimulate the gaming machine market as part of a package of changes to stake and prize limits for gaming machines. Last week’s announcement came as part of the government’s response to a three month consultation that invited views from the gambling industry, charities and faith and community groups on the value of stakes and prizes on a range of gaming machines. The consultation ran earlier this year and looked at gaming machines classified as category B, C and D and found in places like, betting shops, sea side arcades, pubs and casinos. It also included a call for evidence in relation to B2 machines (sometimes referred to as fixed odds betting terminals FOBTs) and concerns about their link to problem gambling. The proposals follow advice from the Gambling Commission and the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board which makes clear there is scope to increase stake and prize limits for some categories of gaming machines provided the industry makes progress in strengthening player protection. The proposed changes are underpinned by commitments from the gambling industry to bring in greater player protection measures set out in new voluntary codes, including voluntary monetary and time limits for players,improved vol-

untary self-exclusion mechanisms and enhanced player warnings. After considering the formal advice from the Gambling Commission and a wide range of views in the consultation, it has been decided not to proceed with a precautionary reduction in stakes or prizes on FOBTs at this stage. However, the government shares an expectation with the Gambling Commission that there needs to be more work done to explore the potential harm of these machines and has told the industry they must share their data on machine use to inform new research on their impact. The government expects rapid progress from the industry in this area. Additionally, the Government has asked the industry to monitor the effectiveness of new player protection measures that will that will start imminently and provide greater safeguards for players. The government is pleased to introduce a package that supports the gambling sector but is very clear that growth cannot be pursued at any cost. Our response acknowledges gambling’s contribution to the economy but balances this with explicit recognition of the need to protect players, particularly at the higher end stakes. The government intend to lay the regulations in Parliament before the end of the year with the objective of implementing new stake and prize limits in early 2014, subject to Parliamentary approval.


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Newsweek BACTA NORTH WEST ANNOUNCES CHARITY BALL DATE ACTA North West region will be holding its annual charity ball on Friday December 6 at the Imperial Hotel in Blackpool. The theme for this year’s event is Venetian mask. There will be dancing to a live band and, by popular demand, the Deadbeats will be performing. Ticket cost for the ball is 45, and all guests will be able to enjoy a special accommodation rate at the Imperial Hotel. Book your tickets now and start the festive season in fine style with a non-stop Venetian evening of special events and entertainment with your friends and colleagues. For

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Competitive pinball in the spotlight at ENADA Rome his year’s edition of ENADA Rome is set to host the fourth Rome Pinball Tournament, an international tournament valid for an international World Pinball Player Rankings and organised by the International Flipper Pinball Association. The main tournament will be held on two days - Thursday October 17 and Friday October 18 October (qualifications are open until 1:30 pm on October 18th) - on six different pinball machines manufactured by Stern Pinball, the show’s partner.

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accommodation details and tickets email barbarathompson@cuerdenleisure.co.uk or call 01253 629 695. BEGE EXPO READY FOR NEW TWO-DAY FORMAT he sixth edition of the Balkan Entertainment and Gaming Expo (BEGE) will be the first

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Among the pinball machines used, Stern’s highly anticipated Star Trek will have its European preview at the Fiera di Roma, home of ENADA Rome. The selection of the machines for the competition has been made extremely carefully. Players will have the following pinball machines at their disposal: AC/DC Premium Edition, X-Men Limited Edition, Avatar, The Avengers,

to showcase its new two-day format on October 22-23 at the Inter Expo Centre in Sofia. The event will once again become an arena of gaming, entertainment and leisure industries in the Balkans, where manufacturers, vendors, operators and industry representatives from around the world will

the very recent Metallica and the brand-new Star Trek. In order to test the eagerly awaited Star Trek in depth, on the first day of the show (Wednesday October 16) there will be a side tournament that will also be valid for an IFPA ranking and will be held on this new pinball machine over the course of the day.

have the opportunity to meet their future clients and partners in one place to discuss their business ideas. The annual forum presents products and services from the following sectors: amusement and leisure centres, casinos, gaming halls, hotels, restaurants and bars, along with additional mar-

keting products, digital information technologies and media, mobile applications and security systems. As well as traditional exhibitors demonstrating their new solutions in the entertainment, casino and gaming, remote gaming, and mobile technologies industries, there will be important

companies from the supporting sectors, such as tourism, show business and leisure. Among the exhibitors this year will be some familiar names from the UK coin-op industry, including Sound Leisure and Suzo-Happ Group, as well as the likes of APEX Gaming and Spielo International. The Bulgarian industry’s latest achievements will be on the spotlight too, presented by some of its leading companies such as Casino Technology. During the first day of the exhibition, the second edition of the Miss Gaming BEGE 2013 beauty contest will take place, organised in partnership with the leading model agency Visages Model Group

Calendar INTERNATIONAL EVENTS OCTOBER 2013 17-18 Surexpo 2013 Expo XXI Centre Warsaw Poland www.wigor-targi.com

17-19 ENADA Roma 2013 Fiera Roma Rome Italy www.enada.it 21-22 Eastern European Gaming Summit Sofia Bulgaria www.eegamingsummit.com

22-23 6th Balkan Entertainment and Gaming Expo Inter Expo Center Sofia Bulgaria www.balkangamingexpo.com

25-27 China International Games & Amusement Fair Zhongshan Expo Centre China www.zsgaf.com

UK EVENTS NOVEMBER 2013 6 Dream Toys 2013 St Mary’s Church Wyndham Place York Street London 7 BISL Annual Conference 2013 Kia Oval London UK www.bisl.org 22 BACTA Convention & AGM QEII Conference Centre London UK www.bacta.org

INTERNATIONAL EVENTS NOVEMBER 2013 12-14 SAGSE Buenos Aires Costa Salguero Convention Centre Buenos Aires Argentina www.monografie.com

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