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Britain cuts top stake on gambling machines on addiction fears


By Rahul B(Reuters) - Britain will cut the maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals to just two pounds after the government opted to try to tackle problem gambling and rejected claims that such a big reduction could cost thousands of jobs.The decision follows complaints that the machines, on which gamblers in high street shops bet up to 100 pounds ($135) every 20 seconds on games such as roulette, were highly addictive and allowed players to lose large sums of money too quickly."These machines are a social blight and prey on some of the most vulnerable in society, and we are determined ...

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First Published: Thu, May 17 2018. 18:24 IST