That’s bet­ter

Daily Mirror - - NEWS -

LIM­IT­ING fixed-odds bet­ting ter­mi­nals to £2 stakes is a vic­tory for de­cency when ad­dicted gam­blers were be­ing fleeced by up to £100 ev­ery 20 sec­onds.

The ma­chines were suck­ing the life blood as well as money out of pun­ters with the bet­ting in­dus­try grab­bing a colos­sal £1.8bil­lion in rev­enue from hooked play­ers.

The so­cial and fi­nan­cial cost of these ter­mi­nals was un­sus­tain­able. But in­stead of threat­en­ing to close shops and sack staff, big book­mak­ers should be imag­i­na­tive – pro­mot­ing re­spon­si­ble gam­bling and mak­ing book­ies more at­trac­tive to visit.

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