Maximum stake for Fixed Odd Betting Terminals should be reduced - Ennis
Sinn Féin spokesperson for Sports, Culture and Art Sinead Ennis has said the maximum stake that can be placed on Fixed Odd Betting Terminals (FOBT) should be reduced from £100 to £2. Ennis said:
“FOBTs are mainly found in economically deprived areas and have been described as the ‘crack cocaine’ of gambling.
“Gambling can get people into debt and with that comes a whole host of problems including mental health, crime, relationship breakdown and even suicide.
“By reducing the amount people can bet and lose on these addictive machines we can reduce the destructive consequences of gambling debt.
“I therefore support reducing the maximum bet on FOBTs from £100 to £2.”