Gamblers in Scotland staked £4.4 billion on high stake machines last year, a rise of over £100 million according to new figures.
The amount of money gambled on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs), dubbed the “crack cocaine of gambling”, rose by £176 million. The money staked on the terminals equates to £1,057 per adult in the country.
The statistics came from betting industry data, and were produced by the Campaign for Fairer Gambling. The group warned of a “toxic economy” developing and called for the Government to act.
FOBTs allow people to bet money on virtual versions of games like blackjack and roulette.
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