Under pressure from Labour the UK Government has agreed to delegate to Wales the licensing and other powers regarding fixed odds betting terminals (FOBT). In particular, FOBT terminals with stakes over £10 will be under control of the National Assembly for Wales. New powers will help Welsh Government Ministers to tackle the problem at a local level.
Fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs), frequently dubbed the “crack cocaine” of gambling, have become a grave problem with many vulnerable people living in deprived areas attracted by the chance of high pay-outs.
Available evidence suggests that fixed odds betting terminals are most highly addictive and cause lasting damage to some gamblers, and exacerbate problem gambling more than any other form of gambling.