Northern Ireland hints at potential court ruling for FOBT cap

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The Northern Ireland Department for Communities has stated an FOBT stake cap is a matter for “the Courts,” after it was revealed recent UK regulations will not apply to the country.

The restrictions, with limit maximum bets on the terminals to £2, will be imposed on all UK machines other than the 600 currently in use in Northern Ireland.

“Gambling is a devolved matter and is regulated here by The Betting, Gaming, Lotteries and Amusements (NI) Order 1985,” said a spokesperson from the governmental department.

“This legislation predates the development of electronic machines such as Fixed Odds Betting Terminals; their legality can, therefore, only be definitively determined by the Courts.”

The 1985 act states gaming machines be limited to a maximum stake of 30p, with a winning limit of £8.

The existance of FOBTs is therefore technically unlawful, however, the department added that the practical legal standpoint is “for an incoming minister to determine.”


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