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£17m gambled on bet machines

Adrian Parkinson, pictured outside Ladbrokes, Wigan town centre - he blew the whistle on betting shops with gaming machines and now fronts a campaign for fairer gambling.

Adrian Parkinson, pictured outside Ladbrokes, Wigan town centre - he blew the whistle on betting shops with gaming machines and now fronts a campaign for fairer gambling.

Hundreds of millions of pounds were wagered on betting machines in the county’s bookies in 2013.

New figures published this week by the Campaign for Fairer Gambling show how addictive fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) are costing punters millions in bets.

In the Derbyshire Dales, where the number of people per betting shop licence is 15,050, some £16,519,301 was gambled in 2013 on FOBTs – dubbed the ‘crack cocaine of gambling’.

In the authority area, £3,086,501 was put in the machines to commence or continue play, according to the figures.

But the results are the lowest of anywhere in north Derbyshire. In Chesterfield, where the number of people per betting shop licence is 4,844 a huge £74,336,856 was gambled last year.

Chesterfield is followed by Amber Valley where £49,557,904 was gambled and Bolsover with £33,038,608 in bets.

Adrian Parkinson, from the Campaign for Fairer Gambling is calling on the government to reduce the maximum stake from £100 to £2.

He said: “FOBTs represent the most addictive gambling product in the UK and the bookmakers are desperately trying to avoid discussion about the only way to provide adequate player protection and that is through reducing the stake.

“These figures show clearly that bookmakers are targeting the most deprived areas and the most vulnerable people with these machines.

“Concerns about the machines have been mounting for ten years and really is time the government took decisive action and brought these machines in line with all other gaming machines and cut the stake from £100 per spin down to £2.”

What do you think of the figures?

Have you fallen foul of the FOBTs?

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