2017

Gambling machines with £100 stake are only allowed in UK

Posted on October 16, 2017 by admin

Britain is the only developed country to have high street betting shops that allow people to bet up to £100 every 20 seconds, according to a report.

The government should cut the maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) from £100 to £2 because such high stakes destroy jobs, devastate communities and are “highly destructive” to family life, the Conservative think tank Respublica argues.

Read the full story in The Times.

Damning report to back crackdown on the fixed odds terminals

Posted on October 16, 2017 by admin

The maximum stake on ‘crack cocaine’ gambling machines should be slashed from £100 to £2, an aide to Philip Hammond has said.

In a damning report published today, Tory MP Chris Philp backs a crackdown on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals.

The study, by the Respublica think tank, reveals Britain is the only country in the developed world which allows gamblers to stake £100 every 20 seconds on casino-style games on the high street.

Read the full story in The Daily Mail.

Gambling operators are not remotely responsible – says CFFG

Posted on October 10, 2017 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling have made recommendations to ensure that children are not being tempted to gamble. (more…)

The multimillionaires making a packet out of Britain’s gamblers

Posted on October 10, 2017 by admin

Within days, the government will announce the result of a gambling review examining, among other things, whether the maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) should be cut.

The machines, which allow punters to stake up to £100 every 20 seconds, have become the pantomime villain of the industry, rarely appearing without their almost mandatory soubriquet – the “crack cocaine of gambling”.

Read the full story in The Guardian.

Gambling remains a hidden addiction because ‘healthcare staff lack training’

Posted on October 9, 2017 by admin

Gambling is often described as a hidden addiction. Yet there are an estimated 400,000 problem gamblers in the UK. Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones, consultant psychiatrist at the National Problem Gambling Clinic – the only one of its kind in the UK – says that a lack of training among healthcare professionals could partly be to blame for the problem flying under the radar.

Read the full story in The Guardian.

Cartoons lure kids to online gambling

Posted on October 8, 2017 by admin

Some of Britain’s biggest gambling operators are targeting children with their favourite cartoon and storybook characters in online betting games, an investigation by The Sunday Times reveals.

Read the full story in The Times.

Recovered Coatbridge gambling addict campaigns for change in betting legislation

Posted on October 4, 2017 by admin

A recovering gambling addict from Coatbridge is at the forefront of a campaign which aims to push through ground-breaking changes in the betting industry.

Read the full story in The Daily Record.

Labour ramps up the pressure on FOBTs as Paddy Power breaks ranks

Posted on October 4, 2017 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling sets out the on-going debate over fixed odds betting terminals following announcements at the Labour conference. (more…)

Betting shop staff not trained to spot problem gamblers says report

Posted on October 4, 2017 by admin

Betting shop staff are not properly trained to spot problem gamblers and are even encouraging customers to chase losses or adopt useless strategies, according to a report described as a “wake-up call” to the industry.

Read the full story in The Guardian.

Online betting: More addicts struggling with mobile sites

Posted on October 3, 2017 by admin

The number of gambling addicts struggling with betting on mobile phones and tablets has risen, figures show.

The National Problem Gambling Clinic (NPGC) said while 24% of its patients struggled with mobile gambling in 2012-13, this rose to 63% in 2016-17.

Read the full story on BBC News.