Panorama: Why are Gambling Machines Addictive?

Wendy's partner killed himself after struggling with a 20-year gambling addiction. In a confession he wrote, he singled out the high-stakes, high-frequency fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) found in bookmakers across the UK. Wendy embarks on a journey to find out what it is about the design of the machines that makes them so addictive and sees evidence that they can affect the brains of long-term gamblers.


  • Producer and Director:
  • Michael Simkin
  • Reporter:
  • Wendy Bendel
  • Duration:
  • 1 x 30'