Betting machines cluster in poor areas MAP OF MISERY
Hotspots for crack cocaine of gaming
THIS is the national map of misery ry that should convince the Government nt of the desperate need to clamp downwn on the crack cocaine of gambling.
Sports Minister Tracey Crouch, whosese responsibilities include the betting industry, is to produce her report into high-stakes gamingng machines at the end of next month.
It is expected to contain options for curbsbs on computerised fixed-odds betting terminals,ls, which are built to swallow £100 in 20 seconds.ds.
The map shows that bookies hoover up the he most cash by clustering the money-makingng machines where people can least afford to lose.
se Fixed-odds betting terminals – FOBTs – appear concentrated in areas with higher rates es of poverty. And experts have accused gamblingng bosses of targeting some of the nation’s mostost vulnerable people with FOBTs.