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Northern Ireland Police Arrest Bookmaker in FOBTs Investigat

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To date, the six largest bookmakers which operate in Northern Ireland, including Ladbrokes, Paddy Power, William Hill, McLean’s, Sean Graham and Toal’s, all offer fixed-odds betting terminals in their local shops.

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Currently, the fixed-odds betting machines on the territory of Northern Ireland amount to approximately 600. The controversial terminals were officially legalised in the rest of the UK in 2005, but the 2005 law is not applied to the territory of Northern Ireland. The last gambling law in the region was officially passed in 1985.

As previously reported by Casino Guardian, fixed-odds betting machines have been a controversial topic in the region for some years now. They have been criticised due to the large maximum stakes allowed, the fast pace of the game, as well as their highly-addictive character. According to the opponents of the fixed-odds betting terminals, the maximum stake of £100 was too high, especially considering that it is allowed to be placed every 20 seconds, which makes it quite dangerous for gambling addicts and more vulnerable individuals, as they can lose as much as £18,000 in just an hour.


The local Police Service had redirected the case to the Prosecution office in relation to the region’s gambling law of 1985, and more specifically to two counts. The first one is about permitting a player of a fixed-odds betting terminal to receive excess winnings, while the other one is about charging a player an amount larger than the one permitted by law.

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Now, it is the Public Prosecution Service that is to make a decision whether to press charges on the bookmaker, after a file has been sent after the investigation was completed. In case that the Prosecution office makes a decision that the case against the bookmaker is to proceed to trial, this would be taken as a case indirectly related to the legality of the FOBTs in Northern Ireland.

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