Roulette Betting Terminals Cause Controversy 25.10.2012

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Bookmakers such as William Hill host more than 32,000 slot and roulette fixed-odds gambling machines. Plenty of gamblers enjoy playing these games and wagers can be up to £100 per spin on the roulette machine. However, some people argue that the roulette and slot games can be highly addictive. The betting terminals have recently been labeled as the “crack cocaine of gambling” and several organizations including the Methodist Church and the Salvation Army are calling for more research into the role these games play in gambling addiction.

In order to determine just how dangerous the games are, the charity Responsible Gambling Trust will complete a comprehensive study. The organization’s Chief Executive said that the task “will require the co-operation of the industry while being completely independent of it to make it meaningful and credible.” It’s not that there isn’t any evidence currently but what does exist supports both sides of the argument because of the margin of error in the current research.

Although the Responsible Gambling Trust is funded by voluntary donations from gambling companies, it operates completely independently and believes that it will be able to give more conclusive results without bias. The charities focus is on finding ways to limit and cope with problem gambling.

Since many operators of the roulette and slot gaming machines feel that they are not a source of problem gambling, they also welcome the research and in-depth investigation. The Chief Executive of the Association of British Bookmakers has said, “We would welcome independent research that will deal, once and for all, with some of the myths and more outrageous claims.”

The study is set to begin early next year so the industry will have to wait a while longer to find out the results.

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