Holyrood wants betting machines axed from bookies

Posted on December 21, 2015 by admin
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Controversial fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) that can see players lose hundreds of pounds in minutes should be banned from Scotland’s high streets, MSPs have said.

The gaming machines, which allow customers to bet on the outcome of various games and events with fixed-odds returns, are now commonplace in betting shops.

However, Holyrood’s local government and regeneration committee has called for a ban on FOBTs that include roulette, bingo, simulated horse and greyhound racing as well as a range of slot machine games. The MSPs heard evidence that the machines are sometimes referred to as the “crack cocaine” of gambling.

Read more in The Scotsman