Fixed-odds betting terminals to be set limits

ONLINE-IMAGEBetting machines will display alerts to remind customers that they have been playing for thirty minutes or if they have spent over £250.

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People in Nottingham spent a total of £40,896,139 on the machines between 2013 and 2014, according to research by the Campaign for Fairer Gambling. Nottingham citizens were found to spend £30 million more on them than any other district – excluding Ashfield. The machines they use can swallow as much as £100 every twenty seconds.

Gambling in the East Midlands

Today marks the introduction of the initiative, which aims to reduce the amount of money spent by gamblers in the city. Gamblers using the devices will be able to set themselves their own limits. Once they are reached, staff workers will be able to intervene and enforce a break in play.

”I don’t think that customers being told to have a break will work” – Ben Griffiths,  Employee at Coral.

Currently, there are approximately 33,000 of the widely used fixed-odds betting terminals across the country. The casino-style games have proved more popular than bets placed on racing or football. It is expected that the installations that are be made to the gaming machines could take up to six months.

Nottingham’s APAS works with GamCare to provide counselling and support to those faced with gambling addiction.

If you or somebody you know is suffering with an addiction to gambling help can be found at: www.apas.org.uk

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