A new report commissioned by the Responsible Gambling Trust has claimed that measures launched by the Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) to protect gamblers who use Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) have had no impact. Read the full story at Totally Gaming.
A punter destroyed two gaming machines at Ladbrokes in Walthamstow. He caused more than £800 worth of damage during incident on July 8. It follows similar attacks where stools have been used to damage machines. Read the story in full at MailOnline.
Labour’s Graham Jones savaged a charm offensive by Malcolm George, head of the Association of British Bookmakers, after he offered more ‘transparency’. Read in full at Mirror Online.
The Independent reports on a recently-published study which concludes that measures rolled out by bookmakers to help protect vulnerable players of addictive roulette-style machines have failed to have any impact. Read the full story here.
In light of the revelation that each of Ladbrokes’ fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) grosses over £1,000 per week, Derek Webb, co-founder of the Campaign for Fairer Gambling, discusses why these machines – dubbed the ‘crack cocaine of gambling’ – are so addictive and criticises The Association of British Bookmakers’ (ABB) player protection measures as inadequate. The interview presents Campaign For Fairer Gambling’s case for a stake reduction from £100 to £2 on FOBTs.
Watch the interview in full here.
Anne Evans has called for action after her son Alan Lockhart, 40, hanged himself after blowing £200,000 on gaming machines.
She is calling for the NHS to put more resources into tackling problem gambling.
Read the full story at Mirror.co.uk.
“Stuart is on his daily trip around the betting shops of Huddersfield.” While viewers will almost certainly hear more depressing lines uttered in the voiceovers of future documentaries, that particular zinger will take some beating. Stuart is unemployed, hopelessly addicted to the electronic gaming machines which have become a staple of British high street bookies and operates a strict strategy when playing them. “I’ve got a limit of how much I want to take it to,” he tells the crew shadowing him for Britain At The Bookies. “How much you’re prepared to lose?” asks a voice from behind the camera. “No,” he replies. “How much I want to win.” Oh, Stuart.
Read the full story at The Guardian online
A property tycoon has been successfully sued by the Ritz Club Casino for an unpaid debt of £2 million. Safa Abdulla al Geabury claimed the Ritz knew he was a gambling addict and should not have allowed him to play.
We should not feel too sorry for al Geabury, however: with an estimated fortune of more than half-a-billion pounds, he can easily afford this loss.
This cannot be said for an increasing number of British men and women who have become addicted to so-called Fixed Odds Betting Terminals, of which there are now well over 35,000 —concentrated in areas of the highest welfare dependency.
Ten years ago, the Blair government allowed High Street bookmakers to provide this turbo-charged form of roulette. It has been wonderful for the bookies, but dreadful for the families of gambling addicts.
Read the full story at Daily Mail online
Campaigners are calling for tougher safeguards after new figures revealed that tens of millions of pounds are being spent by gamblers on one of the betting industry’s most controversial gaming machines.
The Campaign for Fairer Gambling says fixed odds betting terminals are leading people into a life of addiction.
Read the full story at ITV news online