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We call on the Chairman of the ABB to initiate a public investigation into the strategy of their members refusing business on what should be the primary activity in their shops - betting.

It is unacceptable for betting shops and betting operators to continually close customer accounts and decline or restrict wagers for horse and sports betting whilst allowing unrestricted cash acceptance on electronic casino games in the same shops.

The dominance of gambling on electronic casino machines (Fixed Odds Betting Terminals or FOBTs), which should be an ancillary product to the primary activity of betting in shops, has resulted in over 9,000 high street mini casinos that no longer want to take on genuine customers who enjoy the sport of horse racing.

The impact of this strategy is taking money away from horse racing via the levy and we call on Paul Darling, the Chairman of the Association of British Bookmakers, to initiate an urgent public inquiry into this issue.

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Examples of what the betting industry is up to are listed here...

Corporate bookies controlling the game

This is what betting shops have become

Bookmakers take over the British Horse Racing Association

Bookie calls for "crack cocaine" of gambling ban

FOBT players attack betting shops

Bookies link staff wages to machines

Bookies ban customer for winning

A guy from the company called to say they were banning me from betting on horse racing because I am 'too good

A few weeks ago, a customer went into a betting shop in west London to have a flutter


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  • Warwick House 25 Buckingham Palace Road London SW1W 0PP
    Paul Darling, Chairman, Association of British Bookmakers

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