2013

Labour fails to secure bookies’ roulette machine rethink

Posted on December 6, 2013 by admin

Labour has failed in an attempt to force ministers to restrict the stakes and prizes on roulette machines in bookmakers shops.

MPs voted to back a government decision to keep the maximum punters can bet per spin at £100.

Read the full story on BBC Online.

Brits bet £46bn on gambling machines every year

Posted on December 6, 2013 by admin

Punters can lose up to £100 every 20 seconds on the casino-style slot machines dubbed the “crack cocaine” of the betting industry.

Gambling Commission figures show bookies made £1.55bn profit from the terminals last year. The Commission also found 6,000 children were stopped trying to use betting shops, six times as many as just four years ago.

Read the full story here.

Coalition fails to curb ‘menace’ of FOBTs

Posted on December 6, 2013 by admin

Punters can lose up to £100 every 20 seconds on the casino-style slot machines dubbed the “crack cocaine” of the betting industry.

Gambling Commission figures show bookies made £1.55bn profit from the terminals last year. The Commission also found 6,000 children were stopped trying to use betting shops, six times as many as just four years ago.

Read the full story here.

Another Clegg betrayal: Now he’s accused of U-turn over curbs on gambling machines

Posted on December 6, 2013 by admin

Nick Clegg was yesterday accused of a betrayal on gambling reminiscent of his U-turn on tuition fees as Liberal Democrats refused to act to curb fixed odds betting machines.

The Deputy Prime Minister had posed for pictures in March alongside campaigners trying to reduce the stakes and payouts on the machines where punters can lose £100 every  20 seconds.

Read more in the Daily Mail here.

Campaign slams vote on roulette machines

Posted on December 5, 2013 by admin

Stop the FOBTs campaigners today expressed disappointment at the Government’s failure to listen to evidence on the damage caused by Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs). MPs voted in favour of implementing the recommendations from the recent review into gaming machine stakes and prizes, which will allow the roulette machines in betting shops to keep the £100 maximum stake, rather than adopting the precautionary principle and reducing the stake to £2. (more…)

MPs vote on whether to ban FOBTs

Posted on December 4, 2013 by admin

MPs have been voting on whether to ban fixed-odds betting terminals, which critics say are wrecking people’s lives. Read a report by Rebecca Barry featuring Campaign Consultant Matt Zarb-Cousin.  

 

BBC 5 Live radio debate the FOBT issue

Posted on December 4, 2013 by admin

Listen to Campaign Founder Derek Webb discussing FOBTs with presenter Victoria Derbyshire, Tom Watson MP, a problem gambler and with representation from the Association of British Bookmakers (Starts 06.30 mins)

David Cameron must curb gambling machines or society will pay the price

Posted on December 4, 2013 by admin

We’re in the grip of a new addiction – high-speed, high-stakes gambling.

What’s fuelling this destructive habit is the fixed odds betting terminal(FOBT), a machine that allows people to bet £100 every 20 seconds for 13 hours a day. These digital roulette terminals are making millions for the gambling industry, and making losers out of those who can least afford to lose.

And there’s also growing evidence that they’re turning bookies from places where people have a flutter on the horses into criminal dens linked to money laundering.

Read more from Tom Watson MP in the Guardian online.

‘Highly addictive, high speed casino machines need to leave the high street’

Posted on December 4, 2013 by admin

Campaign Consultant Matt Zarb-Cousin describes how he became addicted to fixed-odds gambling machines as a guest on the Channel 5 blog.

Daily Mail: Britons pump £46billion a year into gambling machines

Posted on December 3, 2013 by admin

FRONT PAGE STORY: Gamblers wagered a staggering £46billion on betting terminals last year – nearly 50 per cent up in four years.

Dubbed the ‘crack cocaine’ of the high street, the machines allow punters to lose up to £100 every 20 seconds. They have been linked to the laundering of drugs money and councils are trying to rein them in.

But Gambling Commission figures show that bookmakers raked in profits of £1.55billion from the terminals between April 2012 and March 2013. It also found that more than 600,000 children were either stopped in – or trying to enter – betting shops last year, six times as many as in 2009.

Read Tim Shipman’s front page Daily Mail story for more details.