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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

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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.

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