2017

Gambling with our own lives

Posted on March 10, 2017 by admin

This time last year Spreadsheet Phil’s predecessor George Osborne, if you can remember him, gave gambling companies a let off. Speculation that duties on controversial touch screen gaming machines in high street betting shops would be raised proved unfounded.

Fixed-odds betting terminals have been called the “crack cocaine” of the betting industry by anti-gambling campaigners and a few taps of a phone screen can also see the habit fed from the comfort of your living room.

Read the full story on The Courier

Synod united in call for action against gambling machines

Posted on March 3, 2017 by admin

The General Synod has unanim­ously called on the Government to take action on Fixed Odd Betting Terminals (FOBTs), sometimes re­­ferred to as “the crack cocaine of gambling” (News, 28 October). They were described by the Bishop of St Albans, Dr Alan Smith, as “an anomaly on the high street”.

The Synod is calling for the max­imum stake on the gaming ma­­chines, which can be found in bet­ting shops around the country, to be reduced from £100 to £2; and for local authorities to be given the power to regulate the number of such machines in their area.

Read the full story in Church Times

All things considered – Gambling

Posted on March 3, 2017 by admin

Roy Jenkins explores the impact of gambling on individuals, families and society, asking what can be done by support groups, churches and government.

Fixed Odds Betting Terminals – known as FOBTs -  can swallow up a hundred pounds every twenty seconds.   Wales alone has 1,500, and each is reckoned to take a million pounds a year in stakes – which is a staggering one-and-half billion pounds.  A speaker at this week’s General Synod of the Church of England spoke of them feeding off poverty and plunging people into unmanageable debt.

Listen to the full feature on the BBC Radio Wales website

Gambling adverts on TV ‘mislead’ football fans

Posted on March 3, 2017 by admin

Football fans are being ‘misled’ by complex gambling adverts on television, a University of Stirling study has found.

Behavioural scientist Dr Philip Newall analysed live-odds gambling adverts displayed during two months of televised English Premier League matches and found they were biased towards complex and highly specific bets.

Read the full story on the University of Sterling website

How Gambling Advertising Can Mislead Football Fans – Dr. Philip Newall, Stirling Management School

Posted on March 3, 2017 by admin

New research by the University of Stirling has found football fans may be misled by complex gambling adverts on television.

Behavioural scientist Dr Philip Newall – of Stirling Management School – analysed live-odds gambling adverts displayed during two months of televised English Premier League matches and found they were dominated by confusing live-odds bets that are difficult to accurately predict.

The study is published in Addiction Research and Theory (http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/1…). Read the news release: http://www.stir.ac.uk/news/news-archi…

Watch the full video

An Opinion piece from Simon Thomas, CEO, The Hippodrome Casino

Posted on February 27, 2017 by admin

“Like the Government, the Hippodrome Casino – along with the entire UK sector – strongly supports a healthy gambling industry. An industry that generates investment and employment and provides a safe gaming environment for all.

This is why I am heartened by its Review of Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility Measures and its intent to ensure a proper balance between socially responsible growth and the protection of consumers and the wider communities….”

Read the full feature on Casino Life

Labour MP Welcomes New Report Calling for Government Action on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals

Posted on February 27, 2017 by admin

Gerald Jones MP has welcomed a new report by the Fixed Odds Betting Terminals All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) of which he is a member, launched this week in the House of Commons.

Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) allow punters to stake £100 every 20 seconds on electronic versions of casino games such as roulette, but in a low supervision high street bookie environment. Political concern and controversy has been growing about the highly addictive nature of the machines, with one campaign group even calling them the ‘crack cocaine’ of gambling.

Read the full story on Gerald Jones MP’s website

Parliamentarians BEWARE – Bookies assault on facts intensifies

Posted on February 21, 2017 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling responds to recent criticism of an APPG report on fixed odds betting terminals. (more…)

Church of England calls for maximum £2 stake on betting terminals

Posted on February 20, 2017 by admin

The church’s national body unanimously passed a motion urging the government to bring forward proposals to reduce the amount gamblers can stake on a single game from £100 to £2.

Around 35,000 fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs), or B2 machines, are found in betting shops across the UK, on which gamblers can stake a maximum of £2 for sports-based games.

But the church’s General Synod in London was told casino games such as roulette available on FOBTs allow a stake of up to £100 every 20 seconds – allowing a player to theoretically gamble away £18,000 an hour.

Read the full story in the Daily Express

4 Million lost in Stockton North on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals

Posted on February 20, 2017 by admin

More than £4 million was lost in just one year by people in Stockton North and several times more across Teesside on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs), and local MP Alex Cunningham today demanded that the Government act.

In his question to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport yesterday Alex asked:

“Nearly £4million was lost on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals in my Stockton North constituency by those who can least afford it. I know the Minister is aware of the concerns and problems again highlighted in an APPG report last week.

“Can I urge her to respond positively and let’s have lower stakes for these machines?”

Read the full story on Alex Cunningham’s website