A good bet? The fixed-odds controversy

Britain’s betting industry is bracing for the release of a government review into controversial fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs).

Punters can stake up to £100 per spin on the machines, leading critics to dub them the “crack cocaine of gambling”.

They generated more than £1.8bn in revenue for bookmakers last year.

This week the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport announces the findings of its review into whether FOBTs cause harm to gamblers.

It will also begin a 12-week consultation that will guide its ultimate decision on the issue.

The review has some industry figures worried because it could recommend maximum bets be cut from £100 to just £2. It may also push for gambling companies to fund an industry awareness campaign and more training for its staff.

So what would a cut mean for the industry?  Read the rest of the story here.