It seems there is emerging evidence of reluctance on behalf of the betting public to be subjected to affordability checks. This is really a sledge hammer to crack a nut. The overwhelming number of betters are responsible people who can control their spending and feel affronted that the government think they are better placed than them to determine how much they can wager. Driving betting underground into the hands of unregulated bookmakers is surely counter productive. Organised crime will not be far behind.There are many ways to tackle problem gambling and this is not one of them.