5 live Investigates: restricted gambling

Posted on October 19, 2015 by admin
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Gamblers are being prevented from placing bets on horse races, because, they say, they are too successful and this is being detected by high street and online bookies’ sophisticated intelligence systems. Critics say the bookies are steering gamblers instead towards using fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) as winning on these is a matter of chance rather than skill.5 live Investigates spoke to: Neil Smith, a gambler from Yorkshire who has experienced the issue first hand; Pete Ling, who runs an independent horse racing advice service; an anonymous betting shop manager; Wanda Goldwag, Chair of the industry-led Senet Group, which was set up to promote responsible gambling and Scott Ferguson, a betting consultant for the Horseracing Bettors Forum.

The ABB was unwilling to comment, whilst William Hill and Paddy Power admitted they do limit some bets and the Gambling Commission said in a statement that it is up to customers to decide whether they want to bet with an operator that restricts gambling.

Listen to the report in full from 42:45-59:30 on BBC Radio 5 live.