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Panorama - S2016E28

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Wendy Bendel investigates what makes fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) so addictive. Wendy's partner killed himself after struggling with a 20-year gambling addiction. In a confession he wrote for Wendy, he singled out the high-stakes, high-frequency FOBTs found in bookmakers across the UK. Wendy embarks on a journey to find out what it is about the design of the machines that makes them so addictive and sees evidence that they can affect the brains of long-term gamblers. She discovers the billions they generate has divided the industry, with former insiders now accusing the bookies of putting profits before people.

Episode Title: Why are Gambling Machines Addictive?
Airs: 2016-09-12 at 20:30