Paddy Power and Betfred pull new roulette games from shops

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Paddy Power Betfair and BetFred have pulled new products following concerns that they could undermine reduced maximum stakes on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs).

The move by the two firms followed a warning from the Gambling Commission, who said it was concerned the new products undermined a reduction of the stake limit for FOBTs from £100 to £2 introduced on Monday to help protect vulnerable players.

The commission said the firms could still face regulatory action.

A third bookmaker who was poised to launch a new product has also been warned, the commission said.

The announcement follows a letter from the commission’s chief executive Neil McArthur to bookmakers warning the industry against any attempts to circumvent the FOBT stake cut and reminding them of their responsibilities to ensure their consumers are protected.

On Monday the commission said it was investigating the introduction of new virtual roulette-style games by bookmakers as restrictions on betting machines come into force.

It came as Betfred launched a new virtual cycling game in which customers can bet up to £500.

The Gambling Commission said it was aware of new products and would “not hesitate to step in” if businesses were “failing to act responsibly”.