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  Children face gambling ban in arcades
Updated 13 February 2002, 13.17
Kids could be banned from playing fruit machines
Children could soon be stopped from gambling on certain types of fruit machines.

At the moment, the only machines you can play on in amusement arcades are those with prizes less than 10.

But, after a recent report into gambling, the goverment is considering making the rules even stricter.

Can't spend more than 10p

The main idea is to stop children using fruit machines which cost more than 10p a go.

And in the future even machines that cost less than that, like penny falls machines, could be banned.

Arcade owners say the rule changes could put them out of business.

But anti-gambling charities support the change.

Britain is the only country in Europe that allows kids to gamble in amusement arcades, and they want it stopped.

The idea is being discussed in the House of Commons (which decides new laws) on Wednesday evening.

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