UK Fruit Machines
Fruit Machine is a term that is used to refer to slot machines in the United Kingdom. The term is derived from the fact that the old machines as well as some of the new ones feature fruits on the reels of the game, hence, they were called Fruit Machines.
Players in the United Kingdom can enjoy these fruit machines at a variety of venues including gambling venues such as casino floors and hotels or other venues like pubs, bars and chip shops.
They usually come in 3 reels and offer from 1 to 5 paylines. Of course, the reels and dominated by fruits such as lemons, plums, oranges, strawberries and cherries. Fruit Machines usually have unique features that cannot be found at the regular slots such as the nudge and the hold features.
The Nudge feature is usually activated randomly, this feature enables players to nudge the symbols on a specific reel to show the next symbol. If done right, this feature can help players form a winning combo of symbols to earn a payout.
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The other feature, the hold feature, is not activated randomly as players will have to pay in order to activate the feature on any of the reels. This feature will let players hold the symbols on a certain reel for the upcoming round.
For example, if players get a wild symbol on a reel, it is best to hold it so it can help them form a winning combo for the next round. The cost of the feature depends on the symbols appearing on the reels.
Fruit Machines in the UK are regulated according to the Gambling Act of 2005 which superseded the previous act, the Gaming Act of 1968.
According to the 2005 Gambling Act, the fruit machines in the UK can be divided into 4 main categories. These categories are A, B, C and D. They are categorized according to the maximum stake that players can place and the maximum prize that players can win.
They also specify where can each category be offered. For example, Category B has a maximum stake of £100 (in multiples of £10) and a maximum prize of £500.
This category of fruit machines can be offered to UK residents at bookmakers and betting shops. They come in the form of an electric roulette game and they are called FOBTs (Fixed Odds Betting Terminals).