A WIGAN man at the heart of a campaign to rid betting shops of machines he dubbed the ‘crack cocaine of gambling’ has hit out at the Government’s attitude towards the issue.
Adrian Parkinson, who previously worked for Tote and is now spokesman for the Fairer Gambling organisation, was involved in launching the machines – known as fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) – from 1999 until 2008, and authored the study for the Campaign for Fairer Gambling last year.
The results found that in Wigan alone, 87 FOBTs in 24 shops produced a gross profit of £2.89m.
The culture secretary Maria Miller is due to announce the outcome of a review of gaming machine stakes and prizes.
But she is expected to resist calls to drastically reduce stakes on FOBTs.
Mr Parkinson called FOBTs the “crack cocaine of gambling” but bookies say there is no evidence they cause addiction and his campaign has been backed by the MP for Makerfield, Yvonne Fovargue.
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