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Bassetlaw: Study finds gamblers lost £2.2million on gaming machines

New figures have been released relating to gambling in Bassetlaw (BR1002/17k) 14 February 2014.  Picture Bruce Rollinson

New figures have been released relating to gambling in Bassetlaw (BR1002/17k) 14 February 2014. Picture Bruce Rollinson

Bassetlaw gamblers lost £2.2 million on betting machines last year, new figures have revealed.

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling (CFFG) said an estimated £11.5 million was put into fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) in the district in 2013 - and of that £2,199,132 was lost.

The organisation, whose Stop the FOBTs campaign aims to remove the machines from betting shops, said the loss worked out at £584 per player.

The campaign said there is 56 FOBTs operating in the area in 14 licensed betting shops.

Leader of Bassetlaw Council, Coun Simon Greaves said: “I believe that local authorities should have much stronger powers in relation to the licensing of gambling and local gambling establishments.”

“Presently the council does not have the specific powers to intervene or prevent the use of fixed-odds betting terminals, but these figures suggest a vast sum of money, over £2.2 million is being lost in Bassetlaw each year.”

“What worries me is if we are seeing money for food, bills or rent going into these machines. If anybody feels they have a problem with gambling on these machines, or gambling in general then I would urge them to speak to Gamcare on 0808 8020 133 or Gamblers Anonymous.”

A new code backed by the Association of British Bookmakers has now been introduced to help problem gamblers using FOBTs. It ensures FOBT punters can set limits. They will receive an alert if they have been on the machine for 30 minutes or spent £250.

The study said £1.6 billion was lost in the UK to the machines.

 

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