A man who says he lost his home, his career, and his relationships after getting addicted to one of the betting industry's most controversial gaming machines has supported a campaign for more regulation.
Hussain Vorajee from Gloucester says the Fixed Odds Betting Terminals, or FOBTs, "destroyed his life". Since becoming addicted in 2002, he says he has lost more than a million pounds.
FOBTs: "The crack cocaine of gambling"
Hussain says he wasn't a big gamer until the Fixed Odds Betting Terminals were introduced in the early 2000s.
Betting shops can contain up to four FOBTs by law, and there are thought to be almost 1500 of them in towns and cities across the West Country.
They contain games such as roulette, and unlike fruit machines, where stakes are limited to £2, gamblers can bet up to £100 every 20 seconds.
You can win up to £500 a game, but the fast turnaround also means people can lost a day's pay in a matter of minutes.
For most people, the FOBTs are a place where they enjoy a harmless flutter. But addiction is a growing concern.
The regulation debate
Campaigners are asking the Government to reduce the maximum amount you can place per bet. Some want it slashed from £100 to just £2.
But opponents argue that these machines are used responsibly by the vast majority of users, and further regulation will simply force addicts to places where they are fewer safety measures in place, such as online gaming.
So far, Paddy Power Betfair is the only major bookmaker to have told us it supports a significant reduction to £10 or lower.
Bookmakers say that many high street shops wouldn't be able to survive without the FOBTs, and that staff have measures in place to protect those who are using them.
A long-awaited government review of the machines is expected to be released later this week.
Gambling addiction: advice and support
If you're concerned about gambling addiction in yourself or a loved one then there are many services out there which can provide help.
The charity Addiction Recovery Agency helps those from the Bristol area.
They've seen nearly 500 people this year.
- BRISTOL: Addiction Recovery Agency on 0117 930 0282
- SOMERSET: Steven James Counselling on 01202 740 044
- GLOUCESTERSHIRE: Addiction Recovery Agency on 0117 930 0282
- DEVON: Steven James Counselling on 01202 740 044
- CORNWALL: All Out Problem Gambling Service provides free counselling to problem gamblers.
- DORSET: Options on 023 8063 0219