Since fixed-odds betting terminals were introduced in the United Kingdom in 2001, they have not been as strictly regulated as other forms of gambling. These betting machines based on casino games allow players to bet large amounts every few seconds and this is proving to be the attraction for those who wish to launder money from criminal activity. It is possible at the moment for any player using a fixed-odds betting terminal to bet £100 on a game of roulette about every 20 seconds.
This amount that can be bet on the machines is much higher than the £2 that can be bet on machines in casinos. For some time now there have been several articles in the British press concerning the number of betting shops on British high streets that have these fixed-odds betting terminals. The main concern is the social implications of the ease of accessing the machines but there is now the added concern that criminals are using them to launder money.