Campaigners renew call for affordability checks, which they say would not curb most gamblers’ freedoms

People in deprived areas are more likely to use online casinos and place risky long-odds bets, according to a study that found gambling firms make the vast majority of their money from the 5% of accounts that rack up the biggest losses.

Researchers from the University of Liverpool and the National Centre for Social Research found that most gambling accounts lost relatively modest sums, but that firms make at least 70% of their revenues from the biggest losers.

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