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…)
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 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.
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.
Gamblers face betting limit on high street machines under a crackdown to stop new generation of addicts
Gamblers could be limited to betting £20 a time on high street machines under a crackdown to be unveiled this week.
Ministers are to lower the maximum £100 stake on terminals in bookies amid claims they are creating a generation of addicts.
Read the full story in The Sun.