The amount of money gamblers are losing on ‘crack cocaine’ betting machines in bookmakers has soared despite a Government crackdown.
The machines, called fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs), allow players to stake up to £100 every 20 seconds on casino games such as roulette.
In an attempt to minimise the harm to gamblers, ministers introduced a rule banning them from staking £50 or more a time unless they approach staff in their bookmakers and get the request signed off. Despite this, the amount lost on FOBTs has shot up by £126million over the past year.
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