|UK Culture secretary Tessa Jowell has warned bookmakers that big-prize fixed odds roulette machines that many have stationed in their betting shops, will be up for serious review within the next month as the government prepares to push forward the Gambling Bill. The machines offer the best odds in the shops and a maximum payout of £500. It is estimated that more than £290m a week is bet on the machines which were introduced three years ago after bookmakers discovered a loophole in the law.|
'We have relatively low rates of problem gambling in the UK,' she told the Guardian Newspaper. 'And reform needs to be taken in steady steps, not giant leaps, if we are to keep it this way.'
'When the government publishes the bill, it will provide a schedule of machine stake and prizes for all categories of machines ... In particular [betting shop roulette machines] will be the subject of review in the light of forthcoming independent research which has been commissioned by the Association of British Bookmakers.'