Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Fun Online Polls: The North-South divide; Fixed Odds Terminals

The results to last week's Fun Online Poll were as follows:

The UK's North-South divide runs from...

Chester to London - 8%
Bristol to Norwich - 76%
Other, please specify - 16%

A low turnout of 50,even though I was away last week so this Poll ran for a fortnight.

Thanks to everybody who took part or left a comment, but I'm with the majority on this. If you've spent half your life in Oop North and half Darn Sarf, you know the difference.
And lo, The Righteous are out in force again:

Gambling addict warns against fixed-odds betting terminals

A recovering gambling addict has warned others about the dangers of using fixed-odds betting terminals in bookmakers. The man, who asked to remain anonymous, said he had lost as much as £15,000 in a day at betting shops in Reading town centre.

The government is conducting a review into the machines, which account for more than 50% of bookmakers' profits. The Association of British Bookmakers said a report suggesting the maximum bet should be reduced from £100 to £2 was "flawed".

You can't even begin to pick holes in these claims and counter-claims, they are one giant hole. I'm not going to waste your time or mine by trying to guess what the actual substance is before picking holes in it anyway. The only fun bit is waiting for Philip Davies to spring to the defence of the betting industry for the eight zillionth time.

So that's this week's Fun Online Poll.

What 'should' be the maximum bet on fixed-odd betting terminals?

Vote here or use the widget in the sidebar.


Graeme said...

Since I had no clear idea what a FOBT was and have never been inside a betting shop, I looked it up on Wiki. The principle is rather scary. The return to player is about 97% but this means on average that if you start out with £100, you can lose it all in the space of an hour and you don't even have the excitement and social contact of playing roulette - you are just feeding coins into a slot. Madness. Each to their own. Some people seem to derive fun from it.