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Gambling Technical Equipment


Minimum Standards for Gambling Equipment

Under section 326(2)(a) of the Gambling Act 2003 (the Act), it is a condition of every class 4 venue licence and casino operator’s licence, that all gambling equipment used for the purposes of the licence must comply with relevant minimum standards (for a full description of each class of gambling please refer to Fact Sheet 8: Classes of Gambling (.pdf) 132k*. The Act allows for the making of minimum standards under section 327.

A minimum standard is defined as follows:
      "minimum standards” mean: minimum standards for the design, manufacture, and performance of gambling equipment prescribed by the Secretary under section 327. And under section 327(2),

      (2) Minimum Standards may, without limitation, include requirements that gambling equipment-

      (a) has features designed to reduce the likelihood of problem gambling or other harm arising from its use:
      (b) is capable of being monitored and controlled electronically.

The following links are to pdf versions of the New Zealand Gazette notices, summary cover sheets, the Gambling Act (Casino Gambling Equipment) Minimum Standard and the Gambling Act (Class 4 Gambling Equipment) Minimum Standard 2004.


Gambling Act (Casino Gambling Equipment) Minimum Standard
The minimum standards for casino gaming machine equipment are the: Amendments have subsequently been made to the Gambling Act (Casino Gambling Equipment) Minimum Standard:
Rules of Games
Equipment specifications are also contained in the Rules of Games notified in the New Zealand Gazette by the Casino Control Authority under Section 63 of the Casino Control Act 1990. These Rules of Games, as incorporated into the minimum equipment standards by the Secretary for Internal Affairs on 15 June 2004 and through subsequent amendments, appear on this site as a consolidated version.

The minimum standard for other casino gambling equipment are the:

Rules of Casino Keno, Racing Game and Gaming Machines

Rules of Casino Table Games
New Zealand Gazette references for the publication and subsequent amendment dates of the Rules of Games: This consolidated version does not replace the official version of the rules and gambling equipment standards as found in the New Zealand Gazette. The rules and gambling equipment standards as published in the New Zealand Gazette take precedence as the official version of these rules and gambling equipment standards
Gambling Act (Class 4 Gambling Equipment) Minimum Standard
The minimum standard for 'class 4' gaming machine equipment is the:
Minimum Equipment Standard - Harm Prevention and Minimisation

The minimum equipment standards for game and player information displays on gaming machines as required by the Gambling (Harm Prevention and Minimisation) Regulations 2004 were notified in the NZ Gazette on 1 September 2005.

The minimum equipment standards for game and player information displays apply to all "new gaming machines" purchased on or after 1 October 2005 and to all gaming machines after 1July 2009.

Link here to an explanation of "new gaming machine" as it relates to these regulations:
New Gaming Machine (9k)*
Minimum Technical Requirements for EMS (Cabling and Site Controller)

The minimum equipment standards for cabling class 4 venues for connection to EMS were notified in the NZ Gazette on 8 September 2005. A successful cable install will require careful consideration of this minimum standard and the documents it incorporates.

The standard incorporates specifications produced by the Queensland Office of Gaming Regulation. This in turn is based upon specifications for the physical cabling and connection as designed and produced by Agilent Technologies. Links to the incorporated Queensland documents are below and the Agilent documents are available on Agilent technologies website at www.agilent.com.

Link here to the relevant documents:
Link here to the incorporated specifications: A minor amendment has been made to this standard regarding the bend radius for cabling:
Minimum Technical Requirements for EMS (QCOM Protocol)

The minimum equipment standards for the QCOM Protocol were notified in the NZ Gazette on 25 May 2006. The standard incorporates specifications produced by the Queensland Office of Gaming Regulation.

Link here to the minimum equipment standard:
Link here to the incorporated specifications:

EMS Gaming Machine QCOM Meters

Once connection to the EMS takes place, there will be an additional set of gaming machine accounting meters on every connected gaming machine. These are referred to as the "QCOM" meters.

It is these meters that EMS will monitor and collect data from for reporting purposes. You should also use them for any day to day operational purposes, in the same way that you now use the 'standard' meters.

The QCOM meters can be accessed for manual readings in the same way as you currently access your gaming machine's meters, i.e. by turning an 'Audit' key on the side of the machine. From that point, however, different manufacturers may have provided different 'paths' by which you can navigate through the audit menu to display these meters on screen. If in doubt, check with the manufacturer or service agent.

Venues using Electronic Meter Access via a venue PC will be able to view and download these QCOM meters only.

The following table shows the differences in names and functionality between QCOM meters and the 'standard' gaming machine meters you have used prior to EMS. Note that while the full names have been shown, you may find that they have been abbreviated when displayed on gaming machine audit screens. QCOM meters can usually be readily identified because they are either displayed in separate 'groups' i.e. Group 0, 1 or 2 (as per the table), or they have a numerical 'ID' e.g. a single number ranging from 1-46 , or a hexadecimal reference like this: '0x14'.

Approved Gaming Machines

The Class 4 Game Rules apply to all gaming machines that are authorised pursuant to the Gambling Act 2003. A list of all approved gaming machines to which the Class 4 Game Rules apply has been made as a reference. Link here to list of
Approved Gaming Machines.

*These documents are in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format. You need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. You can download a free version from the Adobe site.

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