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Betting machine prize increases to get green light thanks to Fianna Fáil support

Despite fears raised over gambling addiction levels, the maximum payout is to rise 800-fold

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

@obraonain

Aaron Rogan

News Correspondent

@aarrogan
1st December, 2019
Betting machines are mostly located in seaside towns. Picture: Getty

Fianna Fáil has decided to support the government’s 800-fold increase in betting machine payouts.

Under the gambling bill, the maximum bet on the machines will be raised from 3 cent to €5 and the maximum payout will increase from 63 cent to €500. While the low limits are over 60 years old and have been widely flouted, the new payout figures still represent an increase almost 800 times the original limit.

The increases have provoked...

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