Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs), or B2s are touch screen roulette machines found in betting shops across Britain, on which gamblers can play casino style games with £100 maximum stake per spin.
If these easily accessible, high-stake, high-speed, hardcore gaming machines have affected you, a family member or friend, get in touch and take action.
The Campaign for Fairer Gambling wants the maximum stake on FOBTs reduced to £2 spin to bring them in line with all other gaming machines in the UK. It is aiming to gather public support to put pressure on the Government to take action on the “crack cocaine of gambling” – which are available in betting shops on every high street.
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Research published this week by Goldsmiths University and the Royal College of Psychiatrists has called into question Britain’s provision for research, education and treatment for problem gambling.
There has been much talk about the economic affect clamping down on FOBTs would have – especially in terms of the health of the UK’s high streets and the safety of betting shop workers’ jobs. In its submission to the recent Triennial Review of Stakes and Prizes, the Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) claimed the impact of wholesale restrictions on FOBTs would be huge.