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Betting TV ads to be banned during live sport - but is enough being done to tackle problem gambling?

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There are 430,000 problem gamblers in Great Britain with a further two million at risk of harm from gambling.

As more looks to be done to reduce those numbers, from this summer betting companies are introducing a voluntary ban on TV advertising during live sport.

The so called 'Whistle to Whistle' ban will come into effect five minutes before the start of the action and last until five minutes after it finishes.

The Grand National is the one time in the year that many of us will place a bet on a sporting event - in fact it's estimated that £250 million worth of bets are placed on the race. While for the majority of people it's harmless fun, for some gambling can be a life ruining addiction.

Our correspondent David Chisnall looks at the problem of problem gambling.

Here is a link to services which offer help with problem gambling.



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