May 17, 2012

Odds Fixed Towards Violence

The Guardian reports how fixed odds betting terminals, offering customers £100 bets every 20 seconds on casino-style games, are changing the face of Bookmakers and increasing opportunities for conflict and violence.

Accounting for almost half of betting shops' profits, the machines are attracting a new audience of young people hanging about by the entrance and punters who have lost, taking out their anger on the machines, staff or other customers.