Major bookmakers volunteer FOBT stake cuts to £2 in Northern Ireland

David Clifton is quoted in a Gambling Compliance article entitled “UK Bookmakers Sidestep Northern Irish PR Drubbing”, commenting on the stated intentions of each of Ladbrokes, William Hill and Paddy Power to voluntarily reduce FOBT (category B2 gaming machine) stakes at their betting shops in Northern Ireland from £100 to £2, in line with the reduction of such stakes elsewhere in the UK on 1 April 2019.

In fact, a William Hill spokesman has told GamblingCompliance that it planned to cut the stakes “as soon as possible”, adding: “while gambling regulation in Northern Ireland is distinct from Great Britain, it makes sense for us to offer the same products throughout the UK and we are working with our suppliers in Northern Ireland to implement the £2 stake”.

The article can be downloaded below.

UPDATE: As confirmed by SBC News on 25 January 2019, Paddy Power, William Hill and Ladbrokes have now confirmed to the Northern Ireland Assembly that they will voluntarily reduce wagering on FOBTs to a £2 limit, mirroring the upcoming retail restrictions across England, Wales and Scotland.