Gamblers will be able to set time limits under new code

Gamblers using controversial gaming machines will be able to set limits on the amount of time and money they spend, under a new code of conduct launched by the industry watchdog.

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The harm minimisation measures included in the code were "revolutionary", the ABB said. Credit: PA

The code will also introduce mandatory alerts when customers have spent £250 or played for 30 minutes, the Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) announced.

Betting shop staff will be training to spot problem gamblers and offer advice and support.

The ABB said the code was part of their "ongoing efforts to tackle problem gambling" and claimed the UK was the first country to allow customers to set their own limits on gaming machines.

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Gamblers able to set limits on high stakes machines

Gamblers will be able to set limits on the time and money they spend on machines, according to a code drawn up by the industry watchdog. The Association of British Bookmakers said the code was part of "ongoing efforts to tackle problem gambling".