Casino-Like Betting Machines Likened To ‘Crack Cocaine’ Face Government Review

Betting machines likened to the “crack cocaine of gambling” face being hamstrung as the Government announced a long-awaited review into casino-like games on the high street.

So-called fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) allow players to stake up to £100 every 20 seconds on the touch screen machines – a significantly higher stake than the £2 maximum bet on a fruit machine. Many are attracted by payouts of up to £500.

On Monday, Culture Minister Tracey Crouch told Parliament the Department for Culture, Media and Sport is calling for evidence for a review of gaming machines and “social responsibility requirements across the gambling industry”.

Tom Watson, Labour Deputy Leader and Shadow Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport, labelled the machines a “blight” and called for the maximum stake to be reduced to £2. 

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