Following the Government’s confirmation that the stakes and prizes offered on electronic gaming machines in the UK’s 8,700 betting shops will not change, the ABB said:
“The betting industry is firmly committed to responsible gambling and finding ways to minimise gambling related harm. As we have always said, one problem gambler is one too many.
The ABB’s new Code for Responsible Gambling and Player Protection introduces several new precautionary measures aimed at harm minimisation on gaming machines in particular. It will ensure individuals are provided with the necessary information and the self-help tools they need to make an informed choice about their gambling.
Although we also believe there is no empirical evidence that gaming machines cause problem gambling the betting industry recognises that further research is needed. Betting operators will co-operate fully with the Responsible Gambling Trust project related to gaming machines to help to improve understanding of player behaviour and experiences.
The betting industry never stops looking at ways in which we can improve to ensure that gambling in the UK remains safe for the millions of people that visit our shops each year.”
The Government decision shows that 98% of all responses to the consultation supported the UK’s high street betting shops. You can download the full Government Response to Consultation on Proposals for Changes to Maximum Stake and Prize Limits for Category B, C and D Gaming Machines here: http://www.abb.uk.com/files/3813/8148/1520/Government_Decision_-_Gaming_Machines.pdf
You can also download the full ABB Code For Responsible Gambling and Player Protection 2013 here – http://backyourlocalbookie.co.uk/campaign/new-abb-code-for-responsible-gambling-and-player-protection-2013/