FOB-Ts in British betting shops: Further analysis of machine data to examine the impact of the £50 regulations

Abstract

This report was written by: Professor David Forrest and Professor Ian G. McHale.

Our brief was to evaluate the impact of the introduction of the £50 Regulations, which were introduced in April, 2015, and which changed the conditions of use of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOB-Ts) (gaming machines provided in British bookmaker shops). Analysis was to be based on data provided by the machine manufacturers. Particular attention was to be paid to identifying any changes in how players used the machines that might be indicative of either mitigation or aggravation of gambling-related harm.

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