2015

FOBTs fuelling surge in violence in bookmakers

Posted on December 23, 2015 by admin

Controversial Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) have caused a sharp rise in violence in and around bookmakers over the last year.

Gamblers are being enraged by the machines, known as the ‘crack cocaine of gambling’, which allow them to lose up to £100 every 20 seconds.

Campaigners have called on the Government to lower the maximum stake on FOBTs to alleviate the damage they cause.

Read more in The Christian Institute

If our leaders had any guts they’d ban these betting machines that enslave the poor, says David Cameron’s former speech writer CLARE FOGES

Posted on December 22, 2015 by admin

Down a street in Coventry, in a quiet betting shop, a man loses all his money — and quickly loses his cool.

Security footage shows him picking up a heavy stool, swinging it over his head and smashing it three times into the screen of the fixed-odds betting machine which has deprived him of his funds.

In furious anger he then terrifies the staff by hurling the stool at the window by the tills.

Read more in the Daily Mail

Should Scotland and the Scottish Parliament have the final say on FOBTs?

Posted on December 21, 2015 by admin

There are calls for the Scottish Parliament to be handed the power to ban FOBTs in bookmakers.

Matt Zarb-Cousin shares his views with BBC Radio Scotland.

Listen again at 2:44:30 on BBC iPlayer

Call for ban on ‘crack cocaine’ betting machines

Posted on December 21, 2015 by admin

MSPs want a total ban on high-stakes betting machines, labelled the “crack cocaine of gambling”.

Campaign groups have called for Westminster to regulate “crack cocaine” gambling machines after a Holyrood report found they should be banned from the high street.

The report, published today by the local government and regeneration committee, looked into the use of fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs), which are common in bookmakers across Scotland.

Read more in The Express

MSPs want to ban fixed odds betting machines dubbed the ‘crack cocaine of gambling’

Posted on December 21, 2015 by admin

THE local government and regeneration committee have been looking into the use of fixed odds betting terminals in bookmakers in Scotland.

Betting machines dubbed the “crack cocaine of gambling” should be banned, according to a committee of MSPs.

Read more in the Daily Record

‘Crack cocaine’ gambling machines should be banned from bookies say MSPs

Posted on December 21, 2015 by admin

Fixed Odds Betting Terminals dubbed the “crack cocaine of gambling” should be banned from bookies MSP have said.

The strong condemnation of the machines, which can see punters loss £300 a minute, comes after an inquiry which heard from gamblers and betting shop owners.

The Scottish Parliament Local Government committee has called for both Scottish and UK Governments to order independent research into the dangers of the machines.

Read more in the Evening Times

Campaigners urge regulation of ‘crack cocaine’ fixed-odds betting machines

Posted on December 21, 2015 by admin

Campaign groups have called for Westminster to regulate “crack cocaine” gambling machines after a Holyrood report found they should be banned from the high street.

The report, published today by the local government and regeneration committee, looked into the use of fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs), which are common in bookmakers across Scotland.

The terminals allow gamblers to bet up to £100 a time on slot machine simulators and games such as blackjack, roulette and bingo.

Read more in The National

Call to ban ‘addictive’ fixed odds betting terminals from bookmakers

Posted on December 21, 2015 by admin

Controversial gambling machines should be banned from bookmakers according to a Scottish Government inquiry.

A report published on Monday claims the Scotland Bill proposal to devolve powers to limit the number of machines in new betting shops ‘does not go far enough.’

While betting and gaming is currently reserved to Westminster, the new Scotland Bill proposes giving Holyrood ministers the power to vary the number of such machines betting shops are allowed to have.

Read more at STV News

Holyrood wants betting machines axed from bookies

Posted on December 21, 2015 by admin

Controversial fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) that can see players lose hundreds of pounds in minutes should be banned from Scotland’s high streets, MSPs have said.

The gaming machines, which allow customers to bet on the outcome of various games and events with fixed-odds returns, are now commonplace in betting shops.

However, Holyrood’s local government and regeneration committee has called for a ban on FOBTs that include roulette, bingo, simulated horse and greyhound racing as well as a range of slot machine games. The MSPs heard evidence that the machines are sometimes referred to as the “crack cocaine” of gambling.

Read more in The Scotsman

Call for high street betting machine ban

Posted on December 21, 2015 by admin

Holyrood should be given the power to ban fixed odds betting terminals from high street bookmaker shops, a committee of MSPs has concluded.

The MSPs have been looking into the use of the machines, which allow players to bet on the outcome of games and events with fixed odds returns.

Read the full story on BBC News Online