Gambling Machines

Reducing the stakes on gambling machines in shops will not stop people betting but push more people on the internet to gamble, an MP has said.

An inquiry into fixed-odds betting terminals was launched after campaigners were unhappy with the high betting options on the machines with players able to wage up to a £100 a time.

Shipley MP Philip Davies said reducing the limit would have little effect other than penalising the high-street businesses.

He said: “What is the point of reducing the stakes on fixed odds betting terminals in betting shops when people can go straight on to the internet and play for unlimited sakes and unlimited prizes on exactly the same games?”

Sports Minister Tracey Crouch told Mr Davies he could put his point across as part of the evidence being collected for the enquiry.

She added: “Online gaming is obviously an area of concern and something that we keep under review on a regular basis.”