City wants ban on ‘crack cocaine’ betting machines: Liverpool Council warns people are losing jobs and turning to loan sharks because they are addicted to games

Posted on November 8, 2013 by admin
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A council has demanded a ban on electronic betting machines – dubbed the crack cocaine of gambling – because of the growing problem of addiction.

Fixed-odds betting terminals allow punters to use debit cards and gamble up to £300 a minute – more than four times faster than casinos’ rate of play.

According to recent research, bookmakers are becoming increasingly reliant on them for revenue, with 80 per cent of their turnover coming from the machines.

Read the full article in The Daily Mail online.