State Your Stake in FOBT Survey

18/04/2018 | No comments

As the Gambling Commission is about to publish their review of FOBTs and lowering the maximum stake, bacta would like to gather as many opinions from the bacta membership and the general public as possible. They have therefore commissioned the use of the Qutee question and answer portal and in just a few simple steps that should take no more than 3 minutes, they can gather and present to government, REAL evidence of opinions. So please, get the word out and share across your social media and to your friends and family.

Please can you all head over to:

The 5 simple steps that people should undertake to engage via Qutee are :

1.  Click on the link
2.  Sign up
3.  Leave a Q score (vote up for £30 stake / vote down for £2 stake); Use the voting buttons left and right.
4.  Leave a comment & reply to others; and
5.  Answer / engage in the four polls on the right-hand side.


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Anticipating a change in B2 stakes by Nick Harding

04/04/2018 | No comments

So, finally we are into a period of anticipation, expectation, and general nervous tension. The Consultation Document on Gaming Machine stakes and prizes has run its course, responses from many stakeholders on both sides of the argument were no doubt eloquently and forcefully delivered and the Gambling Commission subsequently issued their considered advice to the DCMS, or more specifically to the Gambling Minister Tracey Crouch and the Secretary of State Matt Hancock. Many stakeholders were surprised/disappointed/frustrated/delighted (delete as appropriate depending on which industry sector you are aligned with) that the Commission has seemed to duck the issue and has advised the government that something under £30 would be acceptable (or words to that effect).

So now we wait. There are rumours that something will happen on April 9th (but which April 9th?), although personally I would be surprised if the DCMS released their recommendation for an SI before government returns from its recess which will be April 16th at the earliest. But we will get an announcement and I will be very surprised if the recommendation isn’t substantially below £30, but we will have to wait and see. We will then go into an extended period before the SI can be voted on and then the date for whatever changes are agreed will have to be agreed with the relevant software games and systems suppliers. Those guys will of course want to drag out the date of implementation of whatever changes are required and again my sense would be a full implementation date sometime in early 2019.

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Sega Exhibits Ticket Time at DEAL

28/03/2018 | No comments

Sega will showcase the hit redemption game Ticket Time on booth Z1-E18 at DEAL show. The Dubai Entertainment Amusements & Leisure (DEAL) show is the biggest trade event for the amusements and attractions industry in the Middle East and is set to take place on 9Th to 11th of April.

Developed by Smart Industries Ticket Time is the latest game to make headline news for top income performance. The gameplay is straightforward, simply collect as many bundles of tickets as possible using the joystick to control the crane claw.

Ticket Time’s eye-catching cabinet features LED-lit front panels where the operator can choose the colour that best fits their location. The games unique selling point is the ticket bundles are embedded with RFID so operators can re-use the ticket bundles while awarding the player actual or e-tickets. But what makes Ticket Time so successful is its massive player appeal and its operational accuracy and reliability. Having tested in various FEC’s and arcades, the game has proven to be a dominant game in this category.

Ticket Time is versatile giving operators the opportunity to set up the game on either ‘Coin-In and Ticket Out’ or ‘Swipe Card and Ticket Out’ or ‘Swipe Card and E-ticket Out’. The game is available in 31” single player format and 61” two payer cabinet. Sega will exhibit the 31” single player game at DEAL on booth Z1-E18.

The DEAL show has continued to go from strength to strength over the years. Now with business optimism and investment opportunities back on the rise, this year’s show is expected to be even better. DEAL brings together thousands of industry professionals, buyers and suppliers to network, share ideas and experience the most innovative products on the market.


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James from Blueprint Machines Gives the ‘Lowe-down’ on Server Based Gaming

28/03/2018 | No comments

There is a science behind consistent cashbox success and Blueprint finds the support of its Server Based Gaming system from parent company, The Gauselmann Group makes a crucial contribution.

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Support Team G!

21/03/2018 | No comments

This is the third time the incredible Team G are trying to make a difference to some of the 49,000 + children in the UK that have serious or life limiting illnesses.  They are training hard (in the snow!) to complete those 26.2 miles through London on Sunday April 22nd and need your support to raise money so with your generosity and support they can help those children have a magical wish granted through Rays of Sunshine and give them and their families memories to cherish forever!

Come on you know you want to help!  Please donate now –


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Gambling Business Group and YGAM confirm closer working ties

16/03/2018 | No comments

Cross sector industry body, the Gambling Business Group (GBG), has announced a strategic partnership programme with independent charity the Young Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM). The two organisations will collaborate across a range of topics to provide a human context to social responsibility and improve understanding of harm minimisation and how it can be delivered.

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Joyce’s Column: March

16/03/2018 | No comments

It appears staff at Electrocoin have got the travel bug as directly after ICE. Andrew Murden and his family were off to Australia and New Zealand for 4 weeks, and they will be travelling in a large hired camper van for a lot off the trip around Australia, and I will tell you more about this adventure when they are all back in Blighty.

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Amatic and Genesis Offer More Choice in Dublin

14/03/2018 | No comments

AMATIC Industries, the pioneer of Multi Game, made full use of the Irish Gaming Show together with its local partner Genesis Games.

As a leading technology supplier to the Irish market, AMATIC Industries ensured it showcased its latest gaming machines – the Performer Grand Arc (PGA) slant-top and the AMAROX 24 upright. Both cabinets are available with a great number of games – split into two easy-to-recognise sections – ‘Top Games’ and ‘New Games’.

Having its finger on the pulse of Irish gaming, the AMATIC team launched its new two-level machine-based jackpot system – the Multi Jackpot 10 and the Multi Jackpot 50. Both offer twelve distinguished games. The Multi Jackpot 10 hosts ten-liner games such as ‘Fruit Express’, ‘Hot Scatter’ and ‘Wild 7’. The games on Multi Jackpot 50 are played over 50 lines, such as ‘Bells on Fire’, ‘Wild Shark’ and ‘Vampires’. Both types of Multi Jackpot are sold in pairs so that each player has the chance to choose to play ten or fifty liner games on two AMATIC gaming machines placed side-by-side.

“Our new Multi Jackpot solution was the focus for practically all the operators who came to see us”, explained Hans Bierrum from Genesis Games. “This is a great compliment to our successful Multi Game concept. Naturally we also continue to concentrate on the Roulette Grand Jeu electronic roulette from AMATIC Industries. It remains a favourite with many players in Ireland despite the increased number of companies offering something that looks like a similar roulette solution. AMATIC Industries is a household name in gaming and Ireland and has been for many years”.

“The teams from AMATIC Industries and Genesis Games would like to thank all the visitors who came to see our selection of product at this year’s show. The feedback and demand for our products and solutions proved once again that we are the preferred gaming machine provider to many operators in Ireland”.


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London & Home Counties Golf Day: Invitation from Steve Hawkins

01/03/2018 | No comments

On behalf of Bacta’s London & Home Counties Region I have great pleasure in arranging our 17th Golf Day. I appreciate that the last few years have been tough in terms of trading but I hope that we can all manage to continue to raise money for our chosen good causes. 

The event is planned for Tuesday 22nd May 2018 and once again be held at one of the region’s most prestigious golf courses, Moor Park, Rickmansworth, Herts.

Moor Park is a Grade 1 listed mansion set within several hundred acres of parkland.  The High course is a truly magnificent course and has hosted both professional tournaments and E.G.U. national events.   Again, I have decided to hire some extra golf buggies so that each team has two which will be included in the price.  

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Innovative Technology Ltd. welcomes Georgiy Frolov to the team

28/02/2018 | No comments

Innovative Technology are pleased to announce the appointment of Georgiy Frolov who joined the company recently as Business Development Manager. Georgiy is based in Moscow and his role at ITL will be to develop business across all segments in Russia and the FSU (Former Soviet Union) region.

Thorsten Labusch, VP of Sales & Business Development RKB, commented “Georgiy has been brought on board as our local sales contact in Russia to help us extend our reach, attract new customers and to develop the business in this growing region. As well as promoting ITL to new customers Georgiy will also assist existing customers in Russia to ensure they continue to receive a high level of customer service. Georgiy is settling in well, using his experience effectively and I look forward to working with him on some exciting strategies in the future.”

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