Theresa May ordered a crackdown on high-stakes gambling machines

High-stakes gambling machines have been dubbed “the crack cocaine of gambling.”

After predecessor David Cameron last year blocked action against fixed odds ­betting terminals, the Prime Minister has now cleared the way for a review on high-stakes gambling machines.

UK.-  Prime Minister Theresa May stepped in after predecessor David Cameron last year blocked action against high-stakes gambling machines. These machines are dubbed the crack cocaine of gambling because they are so addictive.

The Sunday People led the way with its campaign to curb the casino-style machines and now, Mrs May has cleared the way for a review. Campaigners are demanding a £2 maximum stake on high-stakes gambling machines, which currently can swallow up to £100 every 20 seconds.

“I’m thrilled we’ve got to the point where social responsibility is now at the heart of the Government’s programme,” Mrs. May told the Sunday People. “We can now get on with looking at these machines properly.”

“For six years, David Cameron buried his head in the sand over FOBTs,” added Adrian Parkinson, of the Campaign for Fairer Gambling. “He promised to take a proper look at them but failed to deliver anything meaningful. Now, these highly addictive machines are going to be scrutinised like never before and the charade is over for the bookmakers.”