Prize gaming normally consists of low stakes and prizes gambling in which neither the nature nor the size of the prize is determined by the number of persons playing or the amount paid for or raised by the gaming. It can comprise of a variety of games, providing that the participation fees and prizes do not exceed prescribed limits. The prize can be a cash or non-cash prize.
A prize gaming permit will allow a person to provide facilities for gaming, like those above, on specified premises. Any non-gambling premises (that is, one that has not got a premises licence under the Gambling Act 2005) that wishes to provide such gambling would need to apply for a prize gaming permit.
Prize gaming permits do not permit the provision of gaming machines and only certain equipment such as mechanised cash bingo equipment for example, may be used for prize gaming and not be treated as a gaming machine. (see Section 235 of Gambling Act 2005).
Some premises are already authorised by the Act to offer prize gaming, without needing a separate prize gaming permit. These are:
- Holders of adult gaming centre premises licences
- Holders of family entertainment centre premises licences
- Holders of bingo premises licences
- Holders of family entertainment centre gaming machine permits
- Travelling fairs