FOBT measures have had ‘no impact’ – study

Posted on August 25, 2015 by admin

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.

Gambler smashes metal stool through fruit machine after losing streak at Ladbrokes

Posted on August 25, 2015 by admin

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.

MP blasts bookies for attempt to save slot machines dubbed ‘crack cocaine of gambling’

Posted on August 24, 2015 by admin

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: Bookmakers’ measures are failing to protect gambling addicts, report shows

Posted on August 24, 2015 by admin

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.

Bookmaker measures fail to protect FOBT problem gamblers

Posted on August 24, 2015 by admin

A new report by NatCen has revealed that measures rolled out by bookmakers to help protect players on the machines now dubbed the “crack cocaine of gambling” have failed to have any positive statistical impact.


Derek Webb discusses FOBTs on Sky News

Posted on August 20, 2015 by admin

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.

Mum’s crusade against ‘crack cocaine of gambling’ machines which drove her son to suicide

Posted on August 17, 2015 by admin

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.

Britain at the Bookies: a rose-tinted view of the nation’s gambling habit

Posted on August 3, 2015 by admin

“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

Ritz casino successfully sues gambling addict for £2 million

Posted on August 3, 2015 by admin

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

Former gambler speaks out over betting machines after losing £200,000

Posted on July 29, 2015 by admin

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