Reference machines type B and C, these are down to the 2005 Gambling Act and the machines are given A, B, C and D.
A – these machines never existed in the end. They were unlimited stakes and jackpots and were meant for the so-called Super Casinos during the last Labour government but it got cancelled.
B1 – these machines are video slots and found in casinos with jackpots of at least £4000.
B2 – these were the bookies terminals that had video roulette and other table games, making this the only machine not to be fruit machine-based only. These got banned by our government in 2019.
B3 – these are the £500 jackpot machines found in arcades. These are video slots rather than traditional fruits. Famous titles include Rainbow Riches and Reel King and have been around for nearly 20 years! Before B3, these titles existed as Section 16 machines. Other examples are Rocky, Elvis 500 and Monty’s Millions, all going back 15-20 years.
B4 – these are club machines. They have 4 reels and are found found in membership clubs e.g. snooker clubs and the local hockey club. Jackpot is currently £200 or £400 if memory serves.
C – regular pub fruit machines with 3 reels. Jackpots have varied over the years such as £10, £15, £25, £35, £70 and is now £100. These pub machines seemed to have all but disappeared now and got replaced by video slots, but are still under ‘C’.
D – £5 and £8 jackpot adaptations of type C fruit machines found in arcades, fairgrounds and holiday camps.