Search

Gamblers lost £2.3million on Dartford’s fixed-odds betting terminals last year - now the maximum stake could change

PUBLISHED: 16:43 01 November 2017 | UPDATED: 16:43 01 November 2017

Gambling

Gambling

massimofusaro

The machines are known as the “crack cocaine” of gambling

The ‘crack cocaine’ of gambling cost Dartford punters more than £2.3million last year, sparking calls to cut the maximum stake.

Fixed-odds betting terminals are facing a government review after allowing gamblers to spend up to £100 on a bet - a stake which many campaigners feel is too high.

The government is now consulting on changing the law saw the maximum bet would be between £2 and £50.

In Dartford, there are 40 terminals and according to campaign group Fairer Gambling, £2,351,349 was spent on them in 2016.

Dartford councillor and Labour leader, Jonathon Hawkes, said: “This is a step forward, but I am disappointed the government has not used this opportunity to commit to a maximum £2 stake for all FOBTs.

“That’s the change in law we’ve campaigned for and the change that will make a real difference.”

The consultation is available to view here.

Latest News

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Wondering what the weather has in store for us this weekend? Watch our three-minute Met Office video forecast.

Friday, January 19, 2018

A major long distance bike event is set to start at Higham this year.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Two men have been summonsed to appear in court in connection with a fire at a leisure centre.

Friday, January 19, 2018

A group of veteran football players from Gravesend have moved into the digital age - where every kick of the ball is monitored to record their fitness level.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Gravesham will be celebrating with traditional Chinese entertainment on February 20, to mark the start of the Chinese New Year.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Strong winds overnight led to a pine tree smashing into a car and part of a house in Dartford early this morning.

Most read

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Gravesend Reporter e-edition today
E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Family Notices 24

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder