2017

Duo behind the multimillion hit facing British bookmakers

Posted on September 30, 2017 by admin

Derek Webb and Matt Zarb-Cousin are not sure who came up with the attack line that has got them within striking distance of a major victory against Britain’s bookmakers.

Mr Webb, 67, is a former professional poker player who made a multimillion pound fortune as a casino game inventor. Mr Zarb-Cousin, 27, is an ex-gambling addict and former spin-doctor for Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour party’s leftwing leader.

Read the full story in The Financial Times.

Calls to curb betting adverts to cut risk to young people

Posted on September 30, 2017 by admin

Betting advertising needs tighter restrictions to cut the risk young people developing gambling problems as they grow older, councils say.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has called on the government to consider curbing the “huge rise” as latest industry figures suggest almost one in 10 children aged between 11 and 15 are now following gambling companies on social media.

Read the full story in the ITV News.

Ladbrokes under investigation over gambler’s payday loans claim

Posted on September 29, 2017 by admin

Ladbrokes is being investigated by the Gambling Commission over an allegation that staff watched a gambling addict take out payday loands to fund hundreds of pounds of bets on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs).

The claim, which comes as the government considers whether to slash the £100 maximum stake on the machines, drew fire from Labour and problem gamblers.

Read the full story in The Guardian.

South Ayrshire gamblers spend £100m on the betting industry’s “crack cocaine” Fixed Odds Betting Terminals

Posted on September 27, 2017 by admin

Gamblers in South Ayrshire laid down a £100million stake on the industry’s “crack cocaine” last year, the Post can reveal.

Read the full story in The Daily Record.

Paddy Power Betfair backs curbs on fixed-odds betting machines

Posted on September 27, 2017 by admin

Paddy Power Betfair has broken ranks with the rest of the UK gaming industry by becoming the first big bookmaker to recommend heavy curbs on betting machines that campaigners call the “crack cocaine of gambling”.

Read the full story in the Financial Times.

Research flaws, harm dangers, advertising questions – Tom Watson takes a stand

Posted on September 27, 2017 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling assesses recent developments around gambling, betting shops and fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs). (more…)

Campaign Spokesman discusses problem gambling on BBC Radio 5 Live

Posted on September 26, 2017 by admin

Campaign spokesman Matt Zarb-Cousin speaks to BBC Radio 5 Live on the topic of problem gambling as Labour announce their plans to make bookmakers pay a levy to help fund treatment for addicts.

Listen back to the interview on iPlayer from 7 minutes.

Fixed odds betting machines are Class A gambling

Posted on September 26, 2017 by admin

Campaign spokesman Matt Zarb-Cousin discusses fixed odds betting machines with Malcolm George from the Association of British Bookmakers.

Watch the interview back on Channel 4 News.

Labour plan gambling levy to fund addiction treatment

Posted on September 26, 2017 by admin

Labour has said it would force bookmakers to pay a compulsory levy to help treat problem gamblers.

Deputy leader Tom Watson said the cash would be used for treatment to end the “destructive cycle of addiction”.

Read the full story in the BBC News.

Labour plans to make betting firms pay levy to treat gambling addiction

Posted on September 26, 2017 by admin

Labour will force gambling companies to pay a levy to fund research and NHS treatment to help problem gamblers deal with their addiction.

Tom Watson, Labour’s deputy leader, said that if elected the party would “finally confront problem gambling.”

Read the full story in The Guardian.