The Amusement industry has different meanings across the world. In Europe, Amusement encompasses AWP and soft gambling operations, whereas, in Australia and the USA, the Amusement industry covers the likes of video games, pinball machines, redemption machines and pool tables, which in turn, is better described as the Leisure industry in Europe.
The European AWP industry, or Amusement With Prize, is seen as a form of soft gambling. It is essentially a machine which is operated by a coin or token and provides a player the opportunity to participate in a game of chance to win a prize. In the UK, the payout is almost always in the form of money. However, there are also toys and confectionery that also can be given as prizes.
In European countries it is permitted for notes to also be used as a method of payment stake. The Law in the UK currently states that only coin of the realm can be used however, deregulation will mean that notes will also be able to be used.
An AWP machine requires a bank note reader which is cost-effective yet offers high security, particularly in the area of note storage, where lockable and removable cassettes are often required
The leisure industry is dominated by coin-operated machines, with little penetration by Bank Note Readers as an alternative for accepting cash.
In markets where there is little high value currency, low-end bank note readers are sometimes used, which are configured to only accept low denomination notes, such as US$1, $5. Typically this applies to redemption machines.
The GBA or GBA HR1 note acceptors could be used in this scenario, to offer a quality solution.