2017

We should act now or risk gambling addiction crisis

Posted on August 21, 2017 by admin

It seems gambling is everywhere in Britain today. In 2016, according to the data company Nielsen, £312 million was spent on advertising gambling, and even this understates what was spent promoting it online.

In the next 12 months, it is likely that more than half of the revenue generated by gambling businesses operating in Britain will be online. Social and video gaming offer an easy transition into gambling and increasingly the difference between the two is not clear.

Read the full story in The Times.

Children exposed to huge rise in gambling adverts

Posted on August 21, 2017 by admin

Children are being bombarded with a record number of gambling adverts as betting websites embark on an unprecedented spending spree to attract new customers.

Figures show that the industry has spent £1.4 billion on advertising since 2012, with online casinos doubling their marketing budgets over the past five years.

Read the full story in The Times.

Victoria Coren Mitchell: A stupid gamble on evil machines

Posted on August 20, 2017 by admin

Victoria Coren Mitchell gives her views on FOBTs to the Guardian, saying:

“The government’s failure to clamp down on fixed-odds betting terminals must be down to stupidity or corruption and I’m not sure which of those I hope it is.”

Read the full story on The Guardian.

The Guardian view on betting terminals: an outrageous racket

Posted on August 20, 2017 by admin

The UK Treasury has cold feet about the department of culture, media and sport’s review of fixed-odds betting terminals, expected to recommend swingeing cuts to the maximum bet. The chancellor is said to be alarmed about losing a lucrative tax stream.

Read the full story on The Guardian.

Hammer-wielding gambling addict smashed up seven William Hill bookmakers in revenge attacks after losing thousands of pounds on ‘crack cocaine’ machines

Posted on August 17, 2017 by admin

A gambling addict driven to despair by his losses smashed up ‘crack cocaine’ gambling machines in seven bookmakers during a three-week rampage.

Read the full story in The Daily Mail.

Hammer-wielding gambling addict smashed up bookies causing £36,000 damage in revenge after losing thousands

Posted on August 16, 2017 by admin

A hammer-wielding gambling addict smashed up seven bookmaker outlets in revenge attacks causing £36,000 of damage after losing thousands of pounds.

Eric Baptisa, 29, destroyed betting terminals, gaming machines and televisions in William Hill outlets across Liverpool.

Read the full story in The Daily Mirror.

The Centre for Social Justice supports Fairer Gambling’s objective, and Paddy Power breaks ranks

Posted on August 16, 2017 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling comments on recent media stories on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs). (more…)

Now Labour backs clampdown on ‘crack cocaine’ betting machines: Deputy leader Tom Watson says party supports efforts to limit stakes

Posted on August 13, 2017 by admin

Labour last night pledged to back a government clampdown on ‘crack cocaine’ gambling machines.

The party’s deputy leader and shadow culture secretary Tom Watson said the party supported efforts to limit the maximum stake on fixed odds betting terminals.

Read the full story in The Daily Mail.

Labour and Tories unit to fight scourge of gaming machines dubbed ‘crack cocaine of gambling’

Posted on August 12, 2017 by admin

Labour’s Tom Watson has offered to support the Culture Secretary in her fight with the Treasury over “crack cocaine” gaming machines.

Mr Watson has written to his opposite number Karen Bradley after claims of a dispute over planned curbs on fixed odds betting terminals.

Read the full story in The Daily Mirror.

Paddy Power boss Breon Corcoran breaks ranks on gambling machine crackdown

Posted on August 12, 2017 by admin

A leading bookmaker has signalled that it could welcome a crackdown on addictive gambling machines in a blow to the betting industry’s united front in opposing tighter regulation.

Breon Corcoran, the Paddy Power chief executive, has admitted that his company is “almost ambivalent” about slashing the maximum stake on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs), which allow gamblers to bet £100 every 20 seconds, to £2.

Read the full story in The Times.