Bookmakers have made another stab at protecting punters from the potential dangers of betting machines. But critics say it is a halfhearted attempt that proves they are not serious about tackling problem gambling.
Punters will be required, from January, to press a button when they start using the machines asking whether or not they wish to set time and money limits. Those who decline will find their machines set to an alert automatically informing them when they have played for 30 minutes and when their losses have reached £250.
The machines have been dubbed the “crack cocaine of gambling” because of their speed of play and high stakes.
Read the full article in The Financial Times online.