Gambling terminals are big business for British counties. Players spent billions of pounds on bookie machines in Yorkshire last year alone, with an estimated £3 billion in all according to the lobbying group Campaign for Fairer Gambling. However, most of the cash is returned to punters in the end.
According to a recent survey of 770 betting shops in the area, player losses are estimated at around £112 million. A more accurate report of the findings is expected to be released next month.
Scotland topped the region with figures as high as £4.4 billion being spent at electronic gambling terminals last year. Losses from players are estimated to hover around £156 million with as much as £300 a minute being recorded in some venues.
Fairer Gambling is making it their mission to put down Electronic gambling terminals for good. Citing increases in crime as well as addiction to electronic roulette, a game the group considers the “crack cocaine of gambling”.
Operators are said to derive some 51% of their revenue from these gambling terminals and, despite their controversy, it doesn’t look like they’ll give the machines up without a fight.