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What is the campaign about?

We are a campaign striving for fairness in gambling.

So, our campaign is centred around the three licensing objectives of the Gambling Act 2005, aimed at:

  • preventing gambling from being a source of crime or disorder, being associated with crime or disorder or being used to support crime,
  • ensuring that gambling is conducted in a fair and open way, and
  • protecting children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling.

 

We aim to:

  • Engage with politicians to toughen legislation 
  • Gather evidence of unfairness and non-transparency
  • Rally support from special interest groups to highlight the negative social and economic impact caused by problem gambling under the current legislation

 

Who are we?

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling (www.fairergambling.org), a not-for-profit entity funded by Derek Webb and Hannah O’Donnell.

Derek Webb was a successful poker player, businessman and the inventor of Three Card Poker; a game that is played worldwide on casino tables and is an expert in understanding gambling game content and gambler behaviour. Derek and his partner, Hannah O’Donnell, have retired from commercial activity following an asset sale of their gambling games to a US public company. Derek and Hannah provide funding for the Campaign for Fairer Gambling and the Stop the FOBTs Campaign

Adrian Parkinson, Campaign Consultant: 

Adrian Parkinson is a former betting industry insider who has held various senior management positions with national bookmakers. As a Regional Manager he was responsible for Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) and was involved in their development from 1999 onwards. His extensive knowledge of the betting industry and in particular FOBTs gives him a unique understanding of the problems associated with them.

Adrian turned whistle blower on the bookmaking industry and appeared in Panorama’s Gambling Nation where he lifted the lid on FOBT gambling addiction and violence in betting shops. He is now a Consultant and  spokesperson for the Campaign.

Contact Adrian: adrian@fairergambling.org 

Matt Zarb-Cousin, Campaign Consultant

Matt Zarb-Cousin is a former Parliamentary researcher, who has worked for both Pamela Nash MP and Andy Slaughter MP before starting the High Streets First campaign with Rowenna Davis and Gambling Reform and Society Perception (GRASP). He then became the director of communications at GRASP, before joining the Campaign for Fairer Gambling. Matt became addicted to FOBTs at the age of 16, and over a period of four years lost more than £16,000 – so he has experienced first hand the addictive nature of the machines.

Contact Matt: matt@fairergambling.org