Gambling Commission Chief Executive Neil McArthur said: “We’re pleased Government has supported a comprehensive package of measures to protect consumers, and that this includes a substantial stake cut. Whilst we welcome the reduced stake, that alone will not be enough to address the risks of harm that can come from all forms of gambling.
“That is why we will continue to act in other ways to reduce those risks– including delivering enhanced consumer protection for online gambling in the areas of customer verification, fairness and interaction, implementing strong penalties for businesses who breach advertising guidelines, and reviewing gambling product characteristics to identify whether particular features pose greater risk of harm than others.
Well it is good in one sense but on the other hand, when will online be next? £2,000 spins on White Rabbit anybody?
Great, increase on remote gaming duty and more rules
Hi not sure if your comment means your for or against this new ruling ;-) But FOBTS have wrought havoc with 1000s of people in the UK and are a totally different beast to online gaming.
Near close to no protection for problem gamblers in the shops and as stated the amount of bookmakers opening multiple shops in the same areas (known as clustering) - and usually those targeted areas are with people with poorer incomes
is something not even our Gvmnt could ignore in the end. It was the only choice they could make. Bookies have had years to get there shit together with the way FOBTS were handled
and refused to do so. And now pay the price.
It's almost as if we're supposed to feel bad now, the way that article is portrayed. Job losses, less profit?
Long overdue but is it ever enough? If someone is as addicted to these as is often painted, then reducing bets does very little, unless we're talking 20- 50p or the like.
No doubt bookies will find ingenious ways to combat this, like multi- panels to allow simultaneous betting, or staff that place bets on your behalf whilst you're fixated on the Roulette