Gaming in English streets has an uncertain future. Betting shops have notoriously raised millions; leisure, entertainment and growth-promising expenditures are commonplace in such areas. Local British authorities have raised campaign standards to restrict high street betting, and government ministers are focusing upon fixed-odds betting terminals.
A total of 93 council decision-makers have implemented such restrictions to reduce betting terminals’ maximum stakes by approximately 98 percent, resulting in a £2 decrease and legislation drawn from across the political spectrum. Each council has urged ministers pursuing changes to adhere to the Sustainable Communities Act, which is geared towards reducing bad behaviour and criminal elements.
The Association of British Bookmakers
The Association of British Bookmakers has dispelled allegations posed by local council leaders, referring to the industry as “crack cocaine” for gaming. Where rapid bets and impulsive behaviour have recently risen, such complaints are widely found.
The Association of British Bookmakers has indicated a lack of evidence proving reduction in danger and shady activities through a 98-percent stake reduction. Additionally, the association has indicated high demand for such bets in high-population commercial areas. The industry itself has taken steps to regulate additional play pauses, furthering accessibility within high-population areas.
The Future of British Betting Terminals
As stated earlier, little evidence has slowed the council’s regulations. While such efforts carry good intentions, such restrictions have been met with outrage by public terminal users. The public’s reception has further reduced the council’s effects, creating a movement intending to reveal similar lapses in evidence.
While, for now, public gaming terminals seemingly possess a resistance to future regulation, such standards — when put into effect — likely increase the future odds of similar regulatory efforts. The future of British street gaming may face undue resistance, and future legislation may receive a warmer reception due to increased needs for evidence. For now, flimsy evidence carries little weight — but such weight may be recompensated in future years.