UK Bookmakers Sidestep Northern Irish PR Drubbing

Major UK bookmakers may have sidestepped another public relations thrashing by agreeing to voluntarily reduce stakes on controversial fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) in Northern Ireland.

On Monday, Belfast City Council is set to debate a motion which would urge British bookmakers to voluntarily reduce FOBT stakes from £100 to £2, in line with a UK government move to cut stakes in April.

The step would be necessary because Northern Ireland does not fall under the jurisdiction of the Gambling Act 2005, which applies to the rest of the UK.

But Ladbrokes, which is owned by GVC Holdings, has already announced its plans to voluntarily reduce the stakes and William Hill and Paddy Power say they plan to follow suit.

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