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.
Just to walk in and be able to put on £100, it has to stop now. It's destroyed my life and I don't want to see other lives destroyed.
If I could turn the back the clock I just wish I had never seen these machines. That's why we call it the crack cocaine of gambling and I think it's worse than crack cocaine.
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.
estimated problem or at risk gamblers across the South West
of the money lost on FOBTs is from these problem gamblers
estimated losses from problem gamblers around the UK in 2016
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.
jobs in the West Country supported by the FOBTs
approximate amount the FOBTs contribute to the treasury
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.
Look at the way people using the machines in betting shops in the South West. On average they'll stake around £14, £15. They may lose in the session of play somewhere around £8 or £9 pounds, so we're not seeing excessive behaviours.
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.
The category B2 machines, which are known as the FOBTs, are a quick mechanism for people who can't control gambling to spend quite a lot of money and therefore quite often lose quite a lot of money.
GamCare runs the National Gambling Helpline. They can be reached 0808 8020 133
Gamblers Anonymous uses a 12-step approach and also has a support group for relatives called Gam-Anon
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