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".

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Gambling watchdog: Code gives players 'more control'

A new code of conduct for the gambling industry will "give players more control" and "encourage" customers to play responsibly, the industry watchdog said.

The ABB said the code, which comes into effect tomorrow, had the "full support" of the gambling industry.

We want to take steps to protect them because one problem gambler is one too many.

That is why we have put together the code, which introduces revolutionary new harm minimisation measures, the likes of which have yet to be seen anywhere in the world.

The industry has come together as one to promote responsible gambling. It is united in a fierce commitment to help vulnerable people....

We believe the measures strike the right balance between protecting customers without stopping the enjoyment of the eight million people who play on gaming machines without any problems.

– ABB chief executive Dirk Vennix

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