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Online gambling firms ordered to overhaul slot machines in new crackdown



Online gambling operators will no longer be able to disguise losses as wins during slot games or give players the illusion of control over the outcome under new rules announced by the Gambling Commission.

A series of measures intended to give gamblers to the chance to rein in their spending on online slot machines also includes a ban on features that speed up play, such as autoplay options, and slot spin speeds faster than 2.5 seconds.

Autoplay features have been linked to some players losing track of play, making it difficult for some to stop, and in some cases gambling on other activities simultaneously.

Reverse withdrawal ban

The overhaul will prevent online slot machines from playing positive-sounding noises or music when a gambler has lost money, a tactic known as “losses disguised as wins”.

Screengrab taken from the website showing online slot games (Photo: PA)

Other changes include a permanent ban on reverse withdrawals – a function which allows consumers to re-gamble money they had previously requested to withdraw – and obliging operators to clearly display to the player their total losses or wins and time played during any online slots session.

Operators have until 31 October this year to update their sites.

Slot machine losses

Slot games have by far the highest average losses per player of online gambling products. The average spend per slots player is £67 per month, compared with £36 for casino products and £45 for real event betting, according to Gambling Commission data.

The gambling regulator said its “tough new rules” will make online casino games safer and less intensive.

“This is another important step in making gambling safer and where the evidence shows that there are other opportunities to do that we are determined to take them,” said Gambling Commission chief executive Neil McArthur.

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Minister for Sports, Tourism and Heritage Nigel Huddleston said the measures “will help curb the intensity of online gambling” and “reduce the risk of gambling related harm”.

He added: “I welcome the Gambling Commission’s tough measures as we continue our comprehensive review of gambling laws to make sure they’re fit for the digital age.”


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