If the UK government cuts maximum stakes on FOBTs customers will move to self-service betting terminals (SSBTs), according to Playtech, the machine’s software developer.
The company’s CEO Mor Weizer said bookmakers are not limited by the number of sports betting machines allowed in a shop, enabling them to push lost FOBT business onto SSBTs.
“I believe that if FOBTs would be impacted, self-service betting terminals (SSBTs), a similar machine for sporting results, would enjoy additional benefits,” Weizer told Reuters.
“There is no restriction on the number of machines you can have at a shop.”
This statement by Weizer works against bookmakers’ clams that FOBT revenue would not effectively transfer to other gambling activities in betting shops. If a cut to FOBT maximum stakes were to cause a shift of focus onto SSBTs, it is unlikely many of the present concerns would remain.
SSBTs act as an electronic method of sports betting, returning betting shops back to their primary function, and. according to many observers, leaving slot-style games primarily in the hands of AGCs and casinos, where maximum stakes are well below the current £100 on FOBTs.