Outside bet

photo(4)The growth in betting shops has not not stopped and while Woodley precinct (see photo) has two, Reading has no end of them.

The next to arrive in the town centre is a new Ladbrokes but why when both it and other bookies have multiple outlets nearby?

It seems each betting shop is allowed just four lucrative automatic betting machines. If a bookie wants more they have to open another shop.

Since for many people a bookie is basically a way of wasting money, it might be better to limit the number of bookies in a town instead. Odds on that are pretty short though.



About Alan Bunce

Freelance journalist Former Community Editor with the Reading Post. Former Business Editor with the Reading Chronicle.
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