2018

Watchdog eyes casino ads that lure children

Posted on January 28, 2018 by admin

Gambling companies that sponsor some of Britain’s biggest football clubs face investigation for promotion cartoon casino games.

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) is to examine whether cartoon games on gambling websites, such as the Fairytale Legends series and Santa Paws, target children. The Campaign for Fairer Gambling submitted a complaint to the authority last week.

Read the full story in The Times.

Top stakes on ‘crack cocaine betting machines’ will be cut, says PM but she refuses to say what the new maximum will be

Posted on January 25, 2018 by admin

Theresa May has confirmed for the first time that the maximum stake for ‘crack cocaine’ gambling machines will be cut.

There were reports at the weekend that ministers planned to cut the maximum bet on fixed odds betting terminals from £100 down to as low as £2.

Read the full story in The Daily Mail.

Campaign to cut FOBT stake to £2 approaches finish line – and industry face a levy for treatment

Posted on January 24, 2018 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling writes about the likely next steps on FOBT stake levels following the closure of the government’s consultation. (more…)

If ministers don’t crack down on gambling, we’ll know money talks louder than the cries of the addicts

Posted on January 24, 2018 by admin

Childhood is a time for fun activities, freedom and for learning about the world – and increasingly, it seems, it’s a time to make a quick buck online, too.

The bleak truth is that Britain’s hugely successful gambling industry, which sits like a parasite leeching money and hope out of the country’s poorest communities, is ensnaring more and more youngsters in its net.

Read the full story in The Daily Mail.

Theresa May backs cut to top stake for fixed odds betting terminals

Posted on January 24, 2018 by admin

The maximum stake for fixed odds betting terminals – the high-street gaming machines dubbed the “crack cocaine” of gambling – “will be cut”, Theresa May said today.

Speaking at prime minister’s questions, she signaled that the £100 maximum bet would be reduced following a public consultation, which ended on Tuesday.

Read the full story in The Times.

Betting shares tumble on report of cut to machine stakes

Posted on January 22, 2018 by admin

UK bookmakers have seen their shares fall sharply after a report suggesting the maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals could be slashed.

Ministers are likely to cut the stake from £100 to £2 after a consultation closes, according to the Sunday Times.

Read the full story on BBC News.

Fixed-odds betting terminals: ‘It’s a silent addiction but at its worst it takes lives’

Posted on January 22, 2018 by admin

With a government consultation ending on Tuesday, The Guardian hears from those most affected by FOBTs.

Martin Paterson knows just how dangerous compulsive gambling can be. As a former FOBT addict he “ended up going crazy” using the machines.

Read the full story in The Guardian.

Bookmaker shares plunge after report FOBT maximum stake could be slashed from £100 to £2

Posted on January 22, 2018 by admin

Shares in bookmakers plunged in early trading on Monday after a report over the weekend that the maximum stake on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals is set to be slashed to just £2 in a bid to crack down on problem gambling.

Read the full story in The Independent.

Maximum stake on UK fixed odds betting terminals to be cut to £2

Posted on January 22, 2018 by admin

The UK is set to announce a £2 maximum stake on lucrative gaming machines under a crackdown spearheaded by Matthew Hancock, the culture secretary.

The government has been consulting on proposals to reduce the maximum stake on fixed odds betting terminals, which allow gamblers to place bets of up to £100 every 20 seconds, to between £50 and £2.

Read the full story in The Financial Times.

Ministers urged to be bold with curbs on FOBTs

Posted on January 21, 2018 by admin

Campaigners have urged the government to be bold in its response to the problem of fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) amid reports that a consultation on the issue closing this week will recommend slashing the maximum single bet from £100 to £2.

The consultation, ordered by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) in October, is due to close on Tuesday. It will examine what reduced maximum stake should be imposed, with a stated range of between £50 and £2.

Read the full story in The Guardian.