'Crack cocaine’ gambling machines defended: Association of British Bookmakers has defended high-stakes machines in letter to Echo

Echo: Southend Councillor Ian Gilbert outside betting shop. He has criticised these machines Southend Councillor Ian Gilbert outside betting shop. He has criticised these machines

The Association of British Bookmakers has defended high-stakes gambling machines campaigners have compared to "crack cocaine".

The group, which lobbies on behalf of about 7,000 betting shops nationally, hit back after campaigners, politicians and businessmen raised concerns about fixed odds betting terminals in the Echo on Monday.

Players can bet up to £300 a minute on the machines, with stakes of up to £100 and can pay out a maximum of £500.

In a letter to the Echo, ABB chief executive Dirk Vennix said: “Incidents of problem gambling, as recorded by the Gambling Commission’s Prevalence Study, have remained relatively static in recent years despite the availability of more products, and are still significantly lower than many comparable countries such as Iceland, USA, South Africa and Hong Kong.

“The most recent study, published in 2011, also noted that there was no evidence of a causal link between problem gambling and gaming machines.”

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2:23pm Mon 24 Feb 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Of course the Association of Bookmakers will defend its members and the use of the machines....it wouldn't sound right if they didn't.
Of course the Association of Bookmakers will defend its members and the use of the machines....it wouldn't sound right if they didn't. DogsMessInLeigh

3:35pm Mon 24 Feb 14

sosad 1 says...

hands behind his back them fingers must be crossed!!!
hands behind his back them fingers must be crossed!!! sosad 1

4:26pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Nebs says...

The ABB are on safe ground as the Gambling Commission, who are supposed to regulate betting shops, are not fit for purpose.
FOBTs are supposed to be an ancillary product, but they now account for well over half turnover and profit. The Gambling Commission do nothing about it.
The ABB are on safe ground as the Gambling Commission, who are supposed to regulate betting shops, are not fit for purpose. FOBTs are supposed to be an ancillary product, but they now account for well over half turnover and profit. The Gambling Commission do nothing about it. Nebs

4:40pm Mon 24 Feb 14

the25man says...

The machines make money so of course they will stay. The only people to make money are the owners of the machines. MUGS game
The machines make money so of course they will stay. The only people to make money are the owners of the machines. MUGS game the25man

4:48pm Mon 24 Feb 14

John Bull 40 says...

For goodness sake if you cant walk past a bookies, and must gamble more
than you can afford, then seek help from gamblers anonimous (wrong spelling)
instead of spoiling it for everyone, as is usual for these pressure groups.
For goodness sake if you cant walk past a bookies, and must gamble more than you can afford, then seek help from gamblers anonimous (wrong spelling) instead of spoiling it for everyone, as is usual for these pressure groups. John Bull 40

6:07pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Minceir. says...

I can't understand why anyone would gamble on these machines when they could simply give their money away by backing Tottenham.
I can't understand why anyone would gamble on these machines when they could simply give their money away by backing Tottenham. Minceir.

7:48pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Sybian Sue says...

The jackpot is in the handle of a normal fruit machine.
The jackpot is in the handle of a normal fruit machine. Sybian Sue

9:22pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Blind Haze says...

Minceir. wrote:
I can't understand why anyone would gamble on these machines when they could simply give their money away by backing Tottenham.
Did you lose a few quid yesterday? They looked a good price at even money.
[quote][p][bold]Minceir.[/bold] wrote: I can't understand why anyone would gamble on these machines when they could simply give their money away by backing Tottenham.[/p][/quote]Did you lose a few quid yesterday? They looked a good price at even money. Blind Haze

10:34pm Mon 24 Feb 14

profondo asbo says...

ian gilbert...is there a bigger waste of space? i'm running the book and it's long odds against.
ian gilbert...is there a bigger waste of space? i'm running the book and it's long odds against. profondo asbo

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