(Reuters) – Share costs in British betting outlets rose on Monday after the Gambling Commission advisable setting the utmost stake for fastened odds betting terminals at 30 kilos, a better cap than campaigners had sought.
The fee additionally advisable that the stake on playing machines providing slots video games, like conventional fruit machines, needs to be restricted to 2 kilos.
The government stated in October it might scale back the utmost stake on in-shop fastened odds betting terminals (FOBTs) to between 2 and 50 kilos from 100 to assist deal with downside playing after a session in January.
The Sunday Times newspaper cited an ally of Culture Secretary Matt Hancock then as saying the restrict could be set on the backside of that vary.
It is as much as the government whether or not to implement the fee’s suggestions.
An FOBT is a touch-screen machine that permits gamers to guess on the result of varied video games reminiscent of roulette. The machines are dubbed the “crack cocaine” of playing by campaigners who argue that they let gamers lose cash too shortly, resulting in dependancy and wider social issues.
Campaigners in opposition to the machines – together with politicians from all events, metropolis mayors, professors and senior clerics – despatched a letter in January to Prime Minister Theresa May to induce the government to chop the stake to 2 kilos.
The machines are an essential supply of revenue for prime avenue bookmakers. Shares in distinguished bookmakers William Hill (WMH.L) and Ladbrokes Coral (LCL.L), which have the most important presence on the excessive avenue, had been up three p.c every.
Reporting by Arathy S Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Graff