2017

Bookmakers seek help to avoid ‘Armageddon’

Posted on March 23, 2017 by admin

Bookmakers held a crunch meeting with the racing industry at Cheltenham last week in an attempt to defuse the potential fallout over proposed changes to the amount that can be gambled on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) in their shops.

These machines, on which £100 can be wagered per spin, generate more than 50 per cent of the profits of retail bookmakers, who between them have 8,000 high street outlets. This is the equivalent of £1.7 billion per year.

Read the full story in The Times

GambleAware report sparks new criticism of FOBTs

Posted on March 20, 2017 by admin

Media Watch investigates the latest criticism of FOBTs following a Guardian report on seven gamblers losing more than £10,000 in a day.

Last week, the Guardian is focussing on its discovery that seven gamblers lost more than £10,000 in a day while using controversial fixed-odds betting terminals, during a 10-month period.

The losses, revealed in a submission to the government’s gambling review by the GambleAware charity, has sparked renewed criticism of FOBTs. The charity analysed data from betting sessions, including cases where punters bet the maximum allowable amount of £100, which can be staked every 20 seconds under existing regulations.

Read the full story in Coinslot

More questions for Corri Wilson, the SNP MP who lauded William Hill

Posted on March 15, 2017 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling poses questions which it believes should be asked of high street bookmakers like William Hill. (more…)

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

Shame on parliamentarians supporting bookies’ sham ‘responsibility’ & fake economics

Posted on March 9, 2017 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling asks questions about MPs & peers raising issues relating to the gambling sector in parliament. (more…)

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…

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Are the bookies (and GambleAware) gambling on fake news, when the odds of success could not be lower?

Posted on March 2, 2017 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling asks questions about the independent charity GambleAware and what it is doing to reduce the damage caused by fixed odds betting terminals in the UK. (more…)