New research from UK gambling addiction charity GambleAware claims that a reduction in stakes on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBT) will not be enough to minimise the harm associated with the machines.

The GambleAware findings were released last week to coincide with the publication of preliminary recommendations by a cross-party parliamentary group, which put forward a series of proposals to improve FOBT regulations following a six-month inquiry. This included a call for the maximum stake of £100 to be reduced to just £2.

According to GambleAware’s research, conducted by Sophro and supported by experts from the Universities of Lincoln and Sydney, this stake reduction alone will not do enough to minimise harm.

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