UK Gambling Commission advises Government to limit FOBT slot stakes to £2

UK Gambling Commission advises Government to limit FOBT slot stakes to £2

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The Gambling Commission has today (March 19)  published its advice to support the Government with its review of gaming macchines an social responsibility measures.  

At the heart of the advice is an aim to reduce the risks that consumers, especially those that are vulnerable, face from gambling. 

The advice makes it clear that action from Government, the Commission and operators is needed. 

Recommendations from the report include: 

  • The FOBT (B2) slots stakes should be limited to £2 
  • The stake limit for FOBT (B2) non-slot games (which includes roulette) should be set at or below £30 if it is to have a significant effect on the potential for players to lose large amounts of money in a short space of time 
  • Banning the facility for machines to allow different categories of games to be played in a single session 
  • There is a strong case to make tracked play mandatory across machines categories (B1,B2,B3
  • Extending to category B1 and B3 machines the kinds of protections, such as player limits, that are in place on FOBT (B2 machines) 
  • Working with the industry and others on steps to make limit-setting more effective – this could include ending sessions when consumers reach time and money limits. 

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