A recent poll has found that two thirds of people in Britain believe that casino slot machines installed by bookies are encouraging problem gambling. Furthermore, people also think that there are too many bookmakers.Fifty-six percent of people said that there should be a limit on how much people can gamble on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBT) and 47% thought that bookies should only be allowed one FOBT, not four.
The poll was carried out by ComRes and survived 2,067 people. It found that people generally believe that bookies place FOBTs in poorer areas with higher than average unemployment.
After the results were published Labour MP Tom Watson said, “This poll shows the public have comprehensively rejected the bogus claims of bookmakers.
People do not want more digital casinos on their high streets. There’s an easy remedy – cut maximum stakes. I just hope David Cameron is listening.”
According to Campaign for Fairer Gambling, Britons lost £1.6 billion on FOBTs last year.
However, a report commissioned by the Association of British Bookmakers found that the industry is making less profit in deprived areas. The ABB has previously complained of “the unfair and unsubstantiated campaigns being waged against gaming machines.”
David Cameron is due to make an announcement regarding FOBTs in the coming week and it is thought he may reduce the maximum stake on a single spin.