Councillors in Liverpool are calling for a ban on casino-style electronic table games in betting shops in the city.
Councillor Nick Small has led the move with a motion for the national government to either ban the machines or give local councils the power to restrict how many betting shops can open in certain areas.
“There’s hundreds of betting shops in Liverpool, and we just don’t have the power to control them,” he said. “Ultimately, we need power to reduce the speed of play and to bring down the maximum stake. At the moment, you can gamble £100 every 20 seconds. We need to change that.”
But the Association of British Bookmakers says “no evidence” has been produced to show the machines cause problem gambling and has challenged estimates by opponents that upwards of £600 million a year is being gambled on them in Liverpool.