Bookmakers promise compulsory limits to ease concerns over ‘crack cocaine’ gaming machines

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Britain’s £2.3 billion bookmaking industry is bowing to concerns over controversial “crack cocaine” gaming machines by introducing compulsory limits on the amount of time and money players can lose before they are forced to take a break.

Under radical new measures to be announced today , customers using fixed-odds electronic gaming machines in high street betting shops, which have been dubbed the “crack cocaine of gambling” by campaigners, will have to make a choice over whether they set their own monetary or time limits.

If they fail to do so, they will for the first time be forced to take a break when they have been playing for 30 minutes or if their losses reach £250.

Read the full article in The Daily Telegraph online.

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