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May 2018
Posted on August 16, 2018

t’s been over 5 years since we established Stop the FOBTs, the campaign to reduce the maximum stake on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals from £100 every 20 seconds to £2 a spin.
The Campaign for Fairer Gambling was founded by Derek Webb because the objectives of the 2005 Gambling Act were not being delivered:
not all gambling is fair and open, many forms of gambling are associated with crime, and many more do harm to the young and the vulnerable.
But in terms of these three metrics, FOBTs are the most significant aberration, which is why the government has taken the evidence-based decision to reduce the stake to £2 a spin.


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April 2018
Posted on August 16, 2018

A week’s a long time in politics, but it only took the Treasury a day to change course. On Monday, a proposed “backroom deal” between the Chancellor
and the bookies over the maximum stake on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) was 
reported by The Times, but by Tuesday the Treasury
said it 
wouldn’t stand in the way of the government’s decision if it favoured a reduction to £2 a spin.


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March 2018
Posted on August 16, 2018

March saw the bookmakers’ latest attempt to convince the public and the Government that their addictive £100-a-spin Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs)
shouldn’t be brought into line with machines found in all other high street venues, already capped at £2 a spin.


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Febuary 2018
Posted on August 16, 2018

A maximum stake of £2 on betting machines that have been described as “the crack cocaine of gambling”
would all but eliminate losses of more than £100 per session, according to research seen by The Times.

 


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January 2018
Posted on February 1, 2018

£2 limit to curb ‘crack cocaine’ of gambling

The maximum stake on fixed odds betting terminals – dubbed the crack cocaine of high street gambling – is set to be reduced to £2 following the closure of the public consultation on January 23rd.

Initial proposals in October 2017 offered reductions in the maximum stake on the machines between £50 and £2, but the understanding is that the “overwhelming” response to the public consultation has persuaded the Government to opt for the £2 maximum stake.


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