Ministers have reduced maximum stakes from £100 to £98, but for some the change has come too late

Sucking on a rolled-up cigarette as he ducked in and out one of the dozens of betting shops in the east London borough of Newham, Sulayman Keita cut a solitary figure as he digested the news of the government’s planned crackdown on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs).

“What can I say? I’ve lost all my money and it is money that I will never get back,” said the 41-year-old, who began betting after arriving in the UK from Gambia in 1995.

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