I fancied a bet on the football today so I thought I would place it in cash at one of the major high street bookmakers. I hadn’t been in for a while and a friend of mine is the manager there. I used to spend maybe in the region of £100 a week on football bets and low rolling the FOBTS. After starting to play at online casinos I soon realised where the better option lay. I know I complain about bad runs etc but believe me compared to FOBTS you have a much higher chance of winning. My friend had a young lad helping him ( decent polite young guy). What was so noticeable is the overwhelming attention I got, being treated like a Vip. He had obviously done his company homework and went through the spiel word for word regarding the FOBTS. I had a catch up with my friend and was actually there for a couple of hours. I was stood at the counter pretty much the whole time and not 1 person brought a ticket from the FOBTS for collection. I remarked to him about the fact and he just laughed as he knows my opinion on them being terrible for paying out. He actually agrees but can’t be seen to do so in front of customers. When I walked in there was a guy I have known by sight for years on the 1 machine. I said to my friend wow I thought he’d have quit playing those by now ( he used to lose serious amounts). Again he just smiled and tilted the monitor my way so I could see the position of play. The poor guy was nearly £2,800 down. He was playing roulette initially and must of lost most of it there. I am not sure if you can still bet £100 a spin or whether it’s £50 now. He was now playing the slots and I thought to myself this guy isn’t even thinking straight I mean he is in a no win situation if he hits a jackpot he recoups £500 and isn’t going to walk away he can’t win. My friend is honest and open about the money these things make. He shouldn’t show me or divulge any information at all but he does. All high rollers are logged win/lose (I knew that anyway) I have seen spreadsheets which you only have glance at once to realise your chances of winning. I left at 12.30 pm at which point the FOBTS had taken £5,356 and there had been 3 tickets collected for £27.40, £16 and £42. He also told me his seniors are thinking ahead and the plan they have put in place to try as hard as possible to convert all high rolling roulette players over to the slots before the max bet is reduced to £2. This is his major priority. How these evil things have been allowed to exploit and rob the public is nothing short of an absolute disgrace. The fact they have done tells you a lot about laws, testing and regulations within the industry.