Currently it is not permissible to use a credit card nor a debit card directly to play a machine. It is possible to use a card to buy credits remotely that can then be transferred to a machine by an operator. This is often available in betting shops. A debit card can also be used to purchase a TiTo ticket (LINK to above) to use to play a machine in an Adult Gaming Centre.
As technology develops some operators are trialling systems that could be used in pubs to allow customers to use cards for what are becoming increasingly cash free or cash light customers who prefer to pay with contactless or through their phones.
The move to card payment in whatever form not only helps the customer it unlocks the technological ability to monitor, anonymously, play and make socially responsible interventions where warranted.
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