West London lost £100m on slots in 2016

By Josh Fisher
According to a study by Landman Economics, West London gamblers lost over £100m to FOBT slot machines in 2016.

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) also revealed £1.82bn was spent on these machines across the UK. Brent gamblers led the ranking with £24,083,670 lost on 350 FOBTs in 97 betting shops. Kensington and Chelsea locals did a little bit better with losses of £8,441,699 last year on 123 FOBTs.

“These figures underline the damaging impact of high-stakes FOBTs, right across the UK,” Chief Executive of the British Amusement Catering Trade Association (BACTA) John White said.

Moreover, White believes a maximum stake reduction is “the only way to protect consumers” and urged “the next Government to pursue this as a matter of priority.”

A spokesman for the Campaign for Fairer Gambling also believes FOBTs to be source of havoc on Britain’s high streets and said: “It is time for all political parties to commit to reducing the maximum stake on these machines to £2 a spin.”

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