Gambling Troubles

Viva Las Britain! – Gambling Troubles

High street betting shops have now introduced high stakes gambling machines which accept stakes of up to £100 per time. They have been described as the crack cocaine of the problem gambling.

Having just returned from a short break to Las Vegas, it shocked me how many people sit in dark smoked filled casinos from morning till night, pumping coins into slot machines.

You have the serious gamblers on reserved tables where minimum bets start at $2000 a time. Their sunglasses on and earphones in wearing their poker faces so no one can read them.

Never being a gambler myself apart from the weekly lottery ticket (£2 a week) and the odd flutter on the Grand National (£1 a horse). I can’t get my head around how people can become so hooked. But I suppose it’s like any addiction it just takes over.

The sad thing is it’s usually the people who can’t afford to gamble that do. This is because it is an escapism from their everyday dreary lives.

It is even more accessible with online gambling and people being able to use debit/credit cards to feed their habit.

High street betting shops have now introduced high stakes gambling machines which accept stakes of up to £100 per time. They have been described as the crack cocaine of the problem gambling.

One person quoted they had seen someone lose £350 in 15 minutes and walk away with nothing.

Another (anonymous) man had gambled £100,000 away with takings from his business, which he subsequently lost. It tore his marriage apart and he was left with no home after losing all of his assets through bankruptcy.

He started off like so many people with just the odd flutter on the horses or a football bet but his addiction grew rapidly when they introduced the machines to the high streets.

But what hope is there for gamblers as more and more betting shops are taking over our high streets. Apart from the pound shops , and pay day loan shops , bookies seem to be the only shops that are thriving, making these poor people lambs to the slaughter.

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