Monday 19 March 2018 / 9:45 AM Tom Watson

The Government must cut the stake to £2 on all FOBT machines – Watson

Tom Watson MP, Labour’s Shadow Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Secretary, commenting on the Gambling Commission’s recommendation that maximum Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) stakes should be cut to £30, said:

“This is a deeply disappointing report from the Gambling Commission who appear to have caved in to industry pressure.

“Ministers must not use this report as cover to maintain the status quo.

“Gambling addiction treatment experts have identified that roulette style FOBT games are highly addictive and the Gambling Commission accepts that they are the most used FOBT game in bookies shops across the country.

“These machines are at the heart of the UK’s hidden epidemic of problem gambling. The Government must cut the stake to £2 on all FOBT machines including the highly addictive roulette style games, as well as increase the delay between each play.”