Gambling Commission on FOBTs a Missed Opportunity

The recommendation by the Gambling Commission to cut the maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals from £100 to £30 is a “missed opportunity for more effective reform”, SNP MSP Stuart McMillan has said.

The current £100 maximum stake allows gamblers on the highly-addictive machines to lose up to £18,000 an hour, with FOBTs being described as the crack cocaine of gambling.

Mr McMillan has been a long-standing campaigner on the issue and supports the Fairer Gambling Campaign’s call for a maximum stake of £2.

Commenting, SNP MSP Stuart McMillan has said:

“FOBTs have been enormously destructive, with some gamblers losing a fortune after becoming addicted.

“The recommendation that the maximum stake should be cut is welcome as far as it goes – but a £30 maximum stake is still far too high.

“This is a missed opportunity for more effective reform, and I’ll continue to call for a more responsible maximum stake of £2 – which would recognise the enormous risk FOBTs pose to problem gamblers.”

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