Calls for fixed-odds betting machines ban

Posted on December 21, 2015 by admin

Gaming machines that allow fixed odds betting should be banned from the high street, a report has concluded.

Holyrood’s local government and regeneration committee has been looking into the use of fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) available in bookmakers in Scotland.

The most commonly played game is roulette, but others include bingo, simulated horse and greyhound racing and a range of slot machine games.

Read more in The Sun

Newham Council leads campaign to reduce highest stake on FOBTs

Posted on December 21, 2015 by admin

Newham Council is leading a campaign urging ministers to reduce the highest stake on betting machines from £100 to £2.

The borough’s Mayor says the terminals have “sucked the life blood out of local economies”.

Watch the full piece on BBC iPlayer

£2 betting machine limit proposals resubmitted by councils

Posted on December 21, 2015 by admin

A bid to cut the maximum bet on some High Street gambling machines in England has been resubmitted.

Newham Council is urging ministers to reduce the highest stake on Fixed-Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) from £100 to £2. It says they have “sucked the life blood out of local economies”.

An initial plea was rejected in July. But Newham has resubmitted the plan, saying 25% of English councils back it.

The government said it would continue to monitor effectiveness of controls.

Read more at BBC News Online

Gambling Nearly Killed Me

Posted on December 15, 2015 by admin

Olly meets Matt Zarb-Cousin, whose first bet at the age of 16 lead to a cycle of addiction that saw him flutter away over £10,000 in the bookies before his 20th birthday. He frankly confronts the nature of addiction, the changing face of the British high street and how a life can fall apart when the stakes are raised.

Listen to the full interview 12.32 mins in at The Modern Mann .

Record number of punters smash up ‘crack cocaine’ fixed odds betting terminals

Posted on December 14, 2015 by admin

Gambling machines as addictive as crack cocaine are fuelling a record surge of violence in and around betting shops.

Punters are lashing out after losing fortunes in minutes on the fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs), which are worth £1.6billion a year to bookies.

Read more in the The Sun


‘Crack cocaine’ gambling machines blamed for 50% rise in police incidents at betting shops

Posted on December 14, 2015 by admin

Police have reported a 50% increase in incidents in betting shops in a year.

Campaigners claim it is linked to the rise in high stake gambling machines where punters can lose up to £100 in just 20 seconds.

Last year, police had to deal with 11,232 incidents compared to 7,436 in 2013.

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling claimed 20% of fixed odds betting terminals were being vandalised each year, with often just one member of staff having to deal with any problems.

Read more in the Sunday Mirror.

Bookies rake in gambling machines fortune, taking a £1.6billion jackpot

Posted on December 9, 2015 by admin

Shock figures revealed fixed odd gaming machines – such as one-armed bandits – made an average £46,000 profit each.

That translates into a daily profit of £125, according to the figures from the Gambling Commission.

The £1.6bn haul came from a total of 35,000 of the machines, also called Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs).

Read more in the Daily Star.

Gambling body ‘sorry’ for aggressive lobbying

Posted on December 9, 2015 by admin

Senior gambling industry figures have apologised for “aggressively” lobbying a senior Scottish politician for private meetings when he began an inquiry into the regulation of betting terminals.

Kevin Stewart, an SNP MSP and convener of Holyrood’s local government committee, said that the betting industry had been all over him “like a rash” since the committee began its inquiry into the proliferation of fixed odds betting terminals.

Read more in the Scottish Times.

Heartbroken partner of gambling addict who took his own life calls for new curbs on betting terminals

Posted on November 2, 2015 by admin

THE heartbroken partner of a man who took his life after blowing a fortune on high-stakes betting terminals has called for new curbs on the controversial machines. (more…)

Bookmakers ‘should ban problem gamblers’

Posted on October 28, 2015 by admin

Online bookmakers should be required to monitor and ban gamblers who show signs of addiction using the same software they employ to restrict winning customers, an addiction expert has said. (more…)