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UNEQUAL STAKES Photography and words: TOBIN JONES


BETTING SHOPS ARE OUTLAWED OR STRONGLY CONTROLLED IN MANY COUNTRIES. IN BRITAIN, LAX PLANNING LAWS HAVE ALLOWED THE BETTING SHOPS TO SPIRAL OUT OF


CONTROL. IN FACT, THERE ARE NOW MORE BETTING SHOPS IN BRITAIN THAN THERE ARE CONVENIENCE STORES. EVERY YEAR THEY ACCOUNT FOR ABOUT HALF OF THE GAMBLING INDUSTRY’S TOTAL REVENUE, AT MORE THAN TWO BILLION POUNDS, A SUM ROUGHLY EQUIVALENT TO THE ANNUAL GDP OF ERITREA. THEY PROVIDE BOTH REFUGE AND TEMPTATION TO SOCIETY’S MOST MARGINALIZED.


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