Bookies blast MPs’ slots call
BOOKMAKERS have attacked a report by MPs on fixed-odds betting terminals as “deeply flawed” after they called for the maximum stake to be cut from £100 to £2.
The All-Party Parliamentary Group recommended the reduction in a single spin stake in its report of a six-month inquiry following growing disquiet about the harm being caused on high streets by the machines, dubbed “the crack cocaine of gambling”.
The Association of British Bookmakers warned such a move would be a “hammer blow” to high street bookies and threaten thousands of jobs.
Boss Malcolm George said: “This is a deeply flawed report funded by vested interests who would directly benefit if its recommendations are ever implemented.”