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‘I lost £100,000 in just three months on the puggies’ … why gambling in Scotland is spinning out of control

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IT’S lunchtime in a bookmaker’s in Glasgow’s Saracen Street but none of the punters are taking a break to eat. Television screens are showing horse and dog racing from all over the planet, where a knowledge of form and the going underfoot is an advantage, but also virtual races, where it’s all created on computers and played out artificially on screen. The shop’s four gambling terminals, where you can lose up to £300 a minute if your greed and desperation trump your sense, are being constantly fed. .

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