2017

Sunday Times forces Gambling Commission to act – CFFG

Posted on October 23, 2017 by admin

Removing free-plays and uniformity of the ID verification on deposit and withdrawal are two recommendations in the Fairer Gambling submission to the DCMS review. (more…)

The Rising Number of Gambling Adverts

Posted on October 23, 2017 by admin

The Victoria Derbyshire Show looks into the rising number of gambling adverts, shown to be in 95% of live matches. The piece sees comment from Campaign Spokesman Matt Zarb-Cousin.

Watch the pieces back at 16-31 minutes and 1 hr 19-30 minutes on iPlayer.

Gambling adverts ‘in 95% of TV matches’

Posted on October 23, 2017 by admin

Some 95% of TV advertising breaks during live UK football matches feature at least one gambling advert, the Victoria Derbyshire show has found.

One in five of the commercials broadcast across 25 matches were for betting firms, rising to more than one in three in some games.

Read the full story on BBC Online.

Betting and gambling ads appear in 95% of live football matches on UK TV

Posted on October 23, 2017 by admin

The overwhelming majority of advertising breaks broadcast during football matches in Britain featured at least one gambling advert, a new survey has shown.

According to the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show, one in five of the commercials broadcast across 25 football matches this season were for betting firms, while the ratio was as high as one in three for some games.

Read the full story on International Business Times.

Scotland’s poorest punters more likely to bet on fixed odds machines than wealthiest

Posted on October 22, 2017 by admin

Gamblers in Scotland’s most deprived estates are twice as likely to bet on high-stakes slot machines as those in the country’s wealthiest areas.

The figures have led to renewed calls from Labour politicians and campaigners for the Scottish Government to halt the spread of fixed odds betting terminals.

Read the full story in The Daily Record.

Regulators order gambling companies to remove ads

Posted on October 22, 2017 by admin

Regulators have told gambling companies to remove advertisements from their websites that might appeal to children, in a move to try and curb youngsters’ interest in betting.

Read the full story in The Financial Times.

Campaign Founder speaks to BBC Radio 5 Live on online gambling sites

Posted on October 22, 2017 by admin

Campaign Founder Derek Webb speaks to BBC Radio 5 Live on the reports that online gambling sites have been instructed to remove free-play games that could appeal to children.

Listen back to the piece at 35-41 minutes on iPlayer.

Gambling sites forced to stop luring children

Posted on October 22, 2017 by admin

Britain’s betting industry faces its biggest crackdown on child gambling, with the regulator demanding operators pull hundreds of casino games from their websites after a Sunday Times investigation.

The Gambling Commission and the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) have joined forces to order online operators to “immediately” remove controversial games that appeal to children.

Read the full story in The Times.

Stakes on British fixed-odds betting machines rank among the highest in the developed world

Posted on October 21, 2017 by admin

The stakes on UK fixed-odds betting machines are almost the highest in the developed world. Here punters in bookies can gamble £100 a spin – up to five times a minute – to try to land a £500 jackpot.

Read the full story in The Daily Mirror.

Conservative think-tank Respublica backs a £2 stake on FOBTs

Posted on October 17, 2017 by admin

Abstention from gambling is key to recovery, and permanent abstention is the only viable practical long-term solution for guaranteed recovery, as it is with other addictions, says CFFG. (more…)