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Tens of millions of pounds is being spent by gamblers in Yorkshire on one of the betting industry's most controversial gaming machines. The fixed odds betting terminals, as they're called, can leave you three hundred pounds out of pocket - in just one minute.
The Campaign for Fairer Gambling has released figures today which they illustrate the machines earning power - and are calling for tighter controls to govern them. Tina Gelder reports.
Gamblers in Yorkshire lost more than one hundred and £10 million on controversial gaming machines last year, figures out today have revealed.
The fixed odds betting terminals have been dubbed the crack cocaine of gambling because of the speed at which the casino style games are played. £100 can be lost in seconds. Reformed gambling addict Vicky clark from Sheffield says they spell trouble.
Figures released today are expected to reveal that more than £110m was lost by Yorkshire gamblers last year on controversial betting machines.
Figures due to be published this lunchtime will reveal an estimated £112m was gambled away in the region last year on fixed odds betting terminals.
In total, estimates by lobby group the Campaign for Fairer Gambling will suggest more than £3bn was staked on the addictive machines in Yorkshire in 2013 - around £600 for every man, woman and child.
The region's gambling hot spot is Leeds, where an estimated £16m was lost by punters last year, on 414 machines spread across 114 betting shops. Next highest was Doncaster, followed by Hull, Huddersfield and York.
The highest losses per head of population were in the Parliamentary constituency of Hull West and Hessle, where punters lost nearly £50 for every man, woman and child.