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Glasgow pays higher price for its addiction to gambling machines


Campaigners want to limit the maximum stake on the machines, on which the average user loses £1,200 a year DANIEL HAMBURY/PAGlasgow is losing more to fixed-odds betting terminals than any other council area in the country, according to research. The machines, dubbed the crack cocaine of gambling, are costing Scotland’s largest city £27 million a year in lost money, health expenses and job problems associated with addiction to the terminals. Edinburgh, North Lanarkshire and South Lanarkshire are also on the list of the 12 worst affected places in the UK for FOBT addiction. The prime minister Theresa May has pledged to take action to limit the stake that can be gambled on the betting terminals but has yet to announce what that limit will be. The machines currently allow players to stake up to £100 every 20 seconds on computer versions of games such as…


Source: The Times February 14, 2018 00:02 UTC


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