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Fixed-odds maximum bet ‘could drop to £2’

Posted on October 31, 2017 by admin

The maximum stake for fixed-odds betting terminals could drop to as little as £2 under a government review.

Currently, people can bet up to £100 every 20 seconds on electronic casino games, but ministers are considering a new limit.

Read the full piece on BBC News.

The DCMS review is out, the days of FOBTs are surely numbered

Posted on October 31, 2017 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling comments on the Government’s long awaited consultation on fixed odds betting terminals which begins today and runs until 23rd January 2018. (more…)

Stakes on ‘crack cocaine’ betting machines to be cut in government gambling review

Posted on October 31, 2017 by admin

The Government is to cut the maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals from £100 to between £2 and £50.

Dubbed the ‘crack cocaine of gambling’, the machines are said to be dangerously addictive.

Read the full piece back on ITV News.

Maximum stake on ‘crack cocaine’ fixed-odds betting machines slashed

Posted on October 31, 2017 by admin

The government is to cut the maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals – known as the crack cocaine of gambling – from £100 to between £50 and £2.

The high-stake, high-speed electronic casino games are dangerously addictive.

Read the full piece on Metro News.

Government agrees to slash maximum stake on betting machines

Posted on October 31, 2017 by admin

They’re powerfully addictive and allow punters to bet hundreds of pounds a minute. Now the government has agreed to slash the maximum stake at the tends of thousands of fixed odds betting machines around the country. The government is now launching a consultation.

Watch the piece back on Channel 4 News.

Maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals to be cut from £100

Posted on October 31, 2017 by admin

The maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals will be reduced from £100 to between £50 and £2, the Government announced on Tuesday – a move designed to protect vulnerable gamblers.

Read the full piece in the Independent.

Campaign Spokesperson speaks to BBC Radio 2 about FOBTs

Posted on October 31, 2017 by admin

Campaign spokesperson Matt Zarb-Cousin speaks to The Jeremy Vine Show on BBC Radio 2 following the release of the consultation on proposals for changes to Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility Measures by DCMS.

Listen back to the show on iPlayer.

Campaign for Fairer Gambling responds to publication of the government’s gambling review

Posted on October 31, 2017 by admin

Following the release of the consultation on proposals for changes to Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility Measures by DCMS this morning, spokesperson for Fairer Gambling said:

“We welcome the next stage of the government’s review of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals, social responsibility and advertising. The options indicate that the government will consider reducing the maximum stake on FOBTs to £2 a spin. We are confident that, when all the evidence has been considered, £2 will be judged to be the most appropriate level.”

Bookmakers braced for fixed-odds betting terminal restrictions

Posted on October 30, 2017 by admin

Bookmakers are bracing for restrictions on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) and a new requirement to fund a problem gambling awareness campaign, as part of a government review to be published early this week.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport is preparing to publish a narrow range of options for reducing the maximum stake on FOBTs, which allow gamblers to place bets of up to £100 every 20 seconds.

Read the full story in The Guardian.

Gambling machines set for maximum stake cut

Posted on October 30, 2017 by admin

Ministers are about to recommend a cut in the maximum stake on betting machines known as the “crack cocaine of gambling”.

Hundreds of millions of pounds will be wiped from bookmakers’ profits when the government announces its plans before the stock market opens tomorrow, according to sources close to the official review of stakes and prizes.

Read the full story in The Times.