Bookies curb advertising of high-stake machines

Bookies curb advertising of high-stake machines dubbed ‘the crack cocaine of gambling’

  • Four high street bookmakers to restrict advertising of betting machines
  • Bookmakers say in open letter the understand need to protect young and vulnerable from roulette-style games
  • Betting chains William Hill, Ladbrokes, Gala Coral and Paddy Power sign letter
  • Initiative comes amid growing public unease about impact of betting machines dubbed ‘crack cocaine of gambling’
  • Anti-gambling campaigners slammed the initiative as ‘window dressing’

Bookmakers have agreed to restrict the advertising of betting machines – dubbed the ‘crack cocaine of gambling’ – amid growing public unease about their impact.

Four major high street betting chains signed an open letter yesterday saying they understood the need to protect young and vulnerable people from the roulette-style games.

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