Club and gaming rules

The Gambling Act 2005 recognises the following characteristics and eligibility:

Members' clubs

Members' clubs must have at least 25 members and be established or conducted mainly for purposes other than gaming.

The club shouldn't be established to make a commercial profit, and should be controlled by its members.

Examples include most sports clubs, working men's clubs, branches of the Royal British Legion and politically affiliated clubs.

Commercial clubs

These have the same characteristics as members clubs, except that they are established to make a profit. An example would be a snooker club. Certain bridge and whist clubs may operate as commercial clubs if they are established to make a profit.

Under Section 271 of the act, the Royal Borough of Greenwich may grant members’ clubs (but not commercial clubs) club gaming permits which authorise them to provide gaming machines, equal chance gaming and games of chance as prescribed in regulations.

This is in addition to the exempt gaming authorisation under Section 269 of the act.

Three gaming machines

Club gaming permits allow the provision of no more than three gaming machines. These may be from Categories B4, C or D. The club is permitted to choose the combination of machines on its premises.

If a club doesn't wish to have the full range of facilities permitted by a club gaming permit, or if it is a commercial club that is not permitted to provide non-machine gaming (other than exempt gaming under Section 269 of the act), they may apply to us for a club machine permit under Section 273 of the act.

This authorises the holder to have up to three gaming machines of Categories B4, C and D.