Stop the FOBTs officially launches at Westminster

Posted on February 12, 2013 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer gambling officially launched “Stop the FOBTs” in Westminster yesterday – its latest Campaign which is already gathering public and political support.

The Campaign to stop the proliferation of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) on UK’s high streets has been in the media spotlight since the beginning of the year. MPs from all political parties gathered at the launch at the House of Commons to show support to the new, grassroots Campaign to be organized across the UK. (more…)

Campaign calls for Gambling Commission to act on FOBTs

Posted on January 23, 2013 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling has welcomed the Government’s rejection of the select committee’s recommendation to ease restrictions on FOBTs and the Government’s inclusion of FOBTs in the upcoming Triennial Review of stakes and prizes.  However, it calls for the Gambling Commission to take action by temporarily restricting new licence applications and curbing bookmakers advertising of the gaming machines. (more…)

£5bn gambled on Britain’s high streets – What’s happening where you are?

Posted on January 8, 2013 by admin

The Guardian ran a story this weekend based on analysis undertaken by the Campaign for Fairer Gambling and research carried out by Geofutures on FOBTs and how much is being gambled in local communities – which has attracted further media attention in the Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, Financial Times, local and regional press as well as BBC local radio and TV.

To find the stats for your area download the spreadsheet here and click on the arrow in column E to search for your MP.

Comment from Adrian Parkinson, Campaign for Fairer Gambling Consultant:

“Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) are touch-screen roulette and casino gaming machines in betting shops, on which it is possible to stake up to £100 every 20 seconds. The high stakes and speed of play have led to the machines being called “the crack cocaine of gambling”, and the Gambling Act 2005 limits each betting shop to four FOBTs – so bookies leapfrog regulations by opening up as many shops as possible, which is why we get clustering, especially in poorer areas as our research has shown. In 2007, a Scoping Study into the Gambling Act recommended FOBTs be “closely monitored” because of international research that suggested they had features that could create more problem gamblers. However, no such monitoring has taken place, and the government is due to respond to a Select Committee report next week calling for the cap of four FOBTs per shop to be lifted as an “anti-clustering measure”.


“We believe the only way to stop machine-driven proliferation of betting shops is to make the machines less profitable. So we recommend reducing to maximum stake from £100 down to £2, increasing the time between plays, and removing table game content – all of these recommendations would bring B2 machines in line with other Category B machines.”

For more information contact:

Matt Zarb-Cousin, Campaign Consultant on matt@fairergambling.org

Adrian Parkinson, Campaign Consultant on Adrian@fairergambling.org


Mail online: Warning over ‘crack cocaine of gambling’

Posted on January 5, 2013 by admin

Warning over ‘crack cocaine of gambling’ as people in poorest areas spend £5bn on high-stakes machines

  • Cities with high levels of unemployment spend more than their rural counterparts
  • In the poorest areas, punters visited 1,251 betting shops and put £5.6billion into 4,454 machines

Read more of the coverage of our analysys on the Mail online.

Campaigners’ warning over “crack cocaine of gambling”

Posted on January 5, 2013 by admin

Check our story on the Guardian front page here. Campaign for Fairer Gambling analysis reveals more than £5bn was gambled on high-speed, high-stakes gambling machines in northern cities and London boroughs with high levels of unemployment in the last year – four times the amount bet in richer rural areas in southern England where jobless numbers are low.

Kent Online: Gambler’s £100,000 descent into addiction

Posted on January 4, 2013 by admin

See the latest story of FOBTs leading to problem gambling here at Kent Online.

High-stakes gambling machines ‘suck money from poorest communities’

Posted on January 4, 2013 by admin

See the latest article in the Guardian online, using figures provided by the Campaign for Fairer Gambling here.

Guardian Datablog: £5bn gambled in Britain’s poorest communities

Posted on January 4, 2013 by admin

See the latest blog from Randeep Ramesh “£5bn gambled on Britain’s poorest high streets” and get the data here.

Keighley News: £34.6m spent on gambling machines

Posted on January 4, 2013 by admin

A report from the Campaign for Fairer Gambling  reveals £34.6 million spent on gambling machines in Keighley. Read the full story here.