Maximum bet to fall to between £2 and £50 as minister addresses gaming and advertising concerns but Labour calls review ‘deeply disappointing’

The maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) is to be cut, after the government admitted that the current level of regulation on the machines, which allow gamblers to bet up to £300 a minute, is “inappropriate”.

In a long-awaited and lengthy review, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) minister, Tracey Crouch, unveiled proposals to address FOBTs, as well as online gaming and advertising. In the most keenly awaited element of the review, she said the government would cut the maximum bet on the machines from £100 to between £50 and £2.

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