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Electronic gambling: £1.5bn being spent in Wales

Gamblers in Wales spent more than £1.5bn on electronic betting machines found in bookmakers and casinos last year, figures suggest.

That is the equivalent of £650 a year for every adult in Wales who gambled on fixed odds casino games machines.

Fairer Gambling, which lobbies for more regulation, said machines were like "crack cocaine" and called for better regulation.

But the Association of British Bookmakers denied there was a problem.

Paul Heaney reports.

£1.5bn spent on electronic gambling

  • 11 Feb 2013
  • From the section Wales