UK Initiates Fixed Odds Betting Terminal Inquiry

Published Thursday, September 15, 2016 -
UK Initiates Fixed Odds Betting Terminal Inquiry

There has been a great deal of effort made to collect information about the harm to society that the proliferation of fixed-odds betting terminals is responsible for in the United Kingdom. The need for information that parliamentarians can understand regarding the issues surrounding the use of the controversial machines has become a priority for the U.K. Culture Secretary John Whittingdale.

A Parliamentary inquiry All-Party Group into fixed-odds betting terminals was launched recently. Information was gathered by various organizations dealing with the use of the betting machines. Chairperson MP Carolyn Harris of the ‘Fixed Odds Betting Terminals – Assessing the Impact’ inquiry said, “These machines are highly dangerous products, acting as a catalyst for problem gambling, social breakdown and serious crime in communities. It is estimated that 7,000 FOBT machines are smashed and there are 10,000 policy call outs to bookmakers as a result of FOBT-related violence every year.”

Now UK Prime Minister Theresa May has said the government will initiate an inquiry into the issues surrounding fixed-odds betting terminals. The ability to wager up to £100 (€118/$132) per time on the machines has sparked the most criticism from the public.

Founder of the Campaign for Fairer Gambling, Derek Webb, praised the decision to initiate an inquiry commenting that the organisation’s efforts will “soon be vindicated”.

 “The need for this FOBT enquiry is a direct result of the bookies’ state of denial and their attempts to falsely portray betting shops as the safest places to gamble. It is also a reflection of a weak regulator and the self-serving “responsible” gambling agenda that has been mistakenly subscribed to.

“The Campaign view is that under this government, it is a racing cert that this review is just the first move in further controls on gambling.” The UK gambling commission has continued for years to provide a safe and secure environment for punters in the jurisdiction.







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