Gambling industry to lobby against government efforts to ban free bets

Top bookies are also concerned about a separate proposal which suggests that they would not be allowed to ban winning customers

Industry sources said a sweeping ban on all free bets would be too restrictive and could be unworkable. Picture: Getty

The gambling industry is set to resist government efforts to ban the offering of free bets to customers, as part of a landmark new bill to regulate the sector and tackle addiction.

Industry sources said that a sweeping ban on all offers of free bets would be too restrictive and could be unworkable.

There is no outright ban on free bets in other similar jurisdictions, though the widow of an addict in Britain has begun ...