`Super-Casinos Will Kill Seaside Arcades' Fears That New Rules Will Put a Stop to Family Fun

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Byline: TOM BODDEN Welsh Affairs Correspondent

A NORTH Wales amusement arcade owner last night claimed government plans for ``super-casinos'' were odds-on to kill traditional seaside slot machine entertainment.

Harry Allday, who runs Las Vegas Amusements, in Barmouth, feared clauses in the new Gambling Bill could spell the end for the family-friendly arcade business.

New regulations -- as part of the opening up of the casino laws -- would also restrict slot machines in take away food outlets and taxi offices.

But Mr Allday said he feared the legislation could spell the end of gambling games enjoyed by children in arcades such as the 2p ``pusher'' coin machines and 10p amusements with prizes.

``I've been in this job for almost 50 years, '' he added.

``I've seen families grow up playing these types of games.

``But there has been a stream of constant legislation that they keep on bringing out against us. ''

But a Department of Culture spokesman insisted the GamblingBill would not stop children from playing traditional 2p and 10p arcade games.

He said the only impact would be to cut the maximum stake, in fruit machines, from 30p to 10p and the maximum prize available from pounds 8 to pounds 5. …