Younger gamblers more likely to play fruit machines

Figures from the Gambling Commission show the much greater likelihood of a young person playing on fruit machines, compared to their older counterparts.

The study shows that younger people, under the age of 35, are much more likely to engage with fruit machines and slot machines than their older equivalents.

Between 2008 and 2014, younger individuals were 72.1% more likely to play on slot machines than those in the 35-54 age group.

No direct comparison is made between young people and those aged 55 or over, but the figures show the appeal of fruit machines to the younger generation.

Interestingly, the increase in interest puts slot machines alongside casino games (74.1%) in terms of their appeal to younger gamblers.

By way of contrast, there are some forms of betting where young people are less likely to gamble than those aged 35-54.

These include the National Lottery (-10.9%) and horse racing (-26.4%) while younger people are more likely to play poker for money, to gamble in private, and to purchase scratchcards with the chance of a cash prize.

Gaming machines keep Canterbury students entertained

Gaming machines are among the selling points for what have been described as Canterbury’s “ten cheapest pubs” for local students from Canterbury Christchurch and the University of Kent.

The Canterbury Times posted its shortlist of ten of the best earlier this month, giving local academics more pint for their pence.

Understandably for students, price came first on the wish list – “paying over £4 for a pint just isn’t viable if you are a student” – followed by atmosphere, and finally the product range.

Top of the list at number one was New Inn, at 19 Havelock Street, described as “Canterbury’s best all-round pub”.

New Inn gained praise for its beer garden and board games, its quiz machine, its beer festival in late May, and its fine selection of beers on tap.

The suggestion is a valuable reminder of how quiz machines and other gaming machines are welcome even in areas where the price of beer itself must be kept low to serve the local market.

With quiz machine hire, pubs especially in student areas could benefit from a lucrative additional income stream, without pricing themselves out of the market on the pumps.

Fruit machines will help complete Bournemouth away days

You might associate football more with our quiz machine hire services than our slot machine hire – and after topping the Championship with 90 points in 2014-15, Bournemouth are likely to be a quiz question in the years to come.

But in the more immediate future, the fruit machines of Bournemouth’s amusement arcades could see a big pickup in demand, especially when the team are at home in the upcoming Premier League season.

Writing in the Guardian’s football column ‘The Fiver’, Gregg Bakowski explains that he is looking forward to hitting the arcades when he visits Bournemouth for football fixtures in the coming year.

He admits that staying up will be a big task for the club – but that they are “Premier League-ready” with good financing, giving them a fighting chance.

“As for The Fiver, well, we’ll just be happy to enjoy a go on the penny-slot machines and a grand old day out,” he adds.

For venues anywhere with a connection to sports – even if it’s just showing football on TV – slot machine hire is a great way to round off your mix of entertainment on match days, so fans both home and away can put a few pennies (or pounds) of their own in the slots before, during and after the match.

Pub pool tables add sporty touch to Room 21 Teesside

New Teesside venue Room 21 is an American-style sports bar complete with pub pool tables, snooker and ping pong, along with a juke box that can be controlled from patrons’ mobile phones.

It all adds up to a modern and compelling concept at the new bar, open from May 1st at 21 Yarm Lane in Stockton.

The bar’s owner, John Taylor, told local newspaper The Gazette: “It’s something a bit different.

“We have been thinking about doing it for a while; I think it will draw a good crowd.”

The pub pool tables cater for all tastes, with four English-style tables and four American-style tables, accompanied by three full-sized snooker tables.

And the venue has plenty of offers running to help pull in the punters during its opening days and weeks.

For example, the ability to control the juke box remotely using a smartphone will be free for the first month, allowing customers to try it out without having to pay at first.

There are also several online voucher deals running, for example offering two people two hours of pool, snooker or ping pong, a burger each, fries and a beer for £15.