Bookies blast MPs’ slots call

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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.”

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