UK betting industry change is not a gamble, it is essential Philip Bowcock, The Telegraph · April 22, 2019 at 8:40 pm Placing a bet is fun. The Premier League finale with Liverpool and Manchester City going head to head will be exciting for fans. Cheltenham was big. The Grand National even bigger, with Tiger Roll capturing the nation’s hearts followed by another Tiger winning the Masters and making global headlines. Less fun for the betting industry has been the political battle over the past year, with much animosity on both sides, resulting in the Government reducing stakes on betting shop gaming machines. Hot on the heels of the gaming machine controversy has been the issue of gambling advertising. It is a debate that was needed.