Wednesday, September 22, 2004
No (Or Few) US-Style, High-Payout Slot Machines for Britain
Britain continues to back away from some of the elements of its proposed gambling liberalisation plan of 2002. Today's casualty was high-payoff, electronically linked banks of slot machines, which are typical in US (and, apparently, continental European) casinos. The Culture Secretary now suggests limiting such slots in the UK to the few places that might construct large, Vegas-style casinos. This limitation is in line with the recommendation of a joint Lords/Commons committee, as noted in April by Vice Squad.