B2 machines

A curb on high-street gambling? Victoria Derbyshire Show

Posted on August 26, 2015 by admin

Joanna Gosling leads a discussion on the Victoria Derbyshire Show about whether the amount you can bet on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) in betting shops should be lowered.

Hear why Labour MP, Chris Evans, stands against a FOBT stake reduction and why Mike Simons, a Birmingham bookmaker, is all for a stake reduction and has chosen to remove roulette from the FOBTs in his betting shop.

Nick Eardley provides additional background by speaking to a former gambler, Michael O’Grady who lost £150,000 on FOBTs and to Peter Craske from the Association of British Bookmakers. Watch the full piece from 01:10:05 to 01:19:45 on BBC iPlayer.

FOBT measures have had ‘no impact’ – study

Posted on August 25, 2015 by admin

A new report commissioned by the Responsible Gambling Trust has claimed that measures launched by the Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) to protect gamblers who use Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) have had no impact. Read the full story at Totally Gaming.

Gambler smashes metal stool through fruit machine after losing streak at Ladbrokes

Posted on August 25, 2015 by admin

A punter destroyed two gaming machines at Ladbrokes in Walthamstow. He caused more than £800 worth of damage during incident on July 8. It follows similar attacks where stools have been used to damage machines. Read the story in full at MailOnline.

MP blasts bookies for attempt to save slot machines dubbed ‘crack cocaine of gambling’

Posted on August 24, 2015 by admin

Labour’s Graham Jones savaged a charm offensive by Malcolm George, head of the Association of British Bookmakers, after he offered more ‘transparency’. Read in full at Mirror Online.

Bookmaker measures fail to protect FOBT problem gamblers

Posted on August 24, 2015 by admin

A new report by NatCen has revealed that measures rolled out by bookmakers to help protect players on the machines now dubbed the “crack cocaine of gambling” have failed to have any positive statistical impact.


Derek Webb discusses FOBTs on Sky News

Posted on August 20, 2015 by admin

In light of the revelation that each of Ladbrokes’ fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) grosses over £1,000 per week, Derek Webb, co-founder of the Campaign for Fairer Gambling, discusses why these machines – dubbed the ‘crack cocaine of gambling’ – are so addictive and criticises The Association of British Bookmakers’ (ABB) player protection measures as inadequate. The interview presents Campaign For Fairer Gambling’s case for a stake reduction from £100 to £2 on FOBTs.

Watch the interview in full here.

Score draw for ASA complaints

Posted on September 1, 2013 by admin

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has found itself involved with the campaign against B2 Gaming Machines as opposing sides complained about the other’s advertisements.

Read the full article in Betting Business here.

‘Clampdown on FOBTs’ nothing but political spin says Campaign for Fairer Gambling

Posted on August 14, 2013 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling has responded to misleading claims from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) following an article published in the Daily Mail, which claimed the Government were “clamping down on FOBTs”.

The article referred to the roulette machines in betting shops known as Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs), which are being reviewed in the Triennial Review of Stakes and Prizes by the DCMS. The Campaign for Fairer Gambling and its Stop the FOBTs Campaign has been presenting the case for a stake reduction from a £100 maximum to £2 per spin for some time, which would bring them into line with all other UK gaming machines.

At no point has the Campaign argued for a prize reduction from the current £500 maximum, nor has it taken issue with the existing B3 games which are already capped at £2 per spin, as these games do not have a significant impact on levels of problem gambling. Without a reduction in stake on the high speed, high stake B2 casino content, there will not be any clampdown on FOBTs.


Campaign for Fairer Gambling statement in response to Daily Mail article

Posted on August 13, 2013 by admin

“In response to the Daily Mail article, which reported a “crackdown” on FOBTs, the Campaign for Fairer Gambling is concerned that the Government’s rhetoric is misleading.

In a newsletter earlier this year, the Association of British Bookmakers boasted of their influence in averting a separate review of FOBTs. Instead, the Government decided to include Category B2, which facilitates £100 stakes on FOBTs, in the Triennial Review of Stakes and Prizes – a mechanism traditionally used to increase either or both in line with inflation.

A stake reduction on FOBTs in the Triennial Review was therefore unlikely, but it has allowed the Government to imply that they have “cracked down” on FOBTs by capping the maximum stake at £100 until 2016. The only responsible course of action would have been to reduce the maximum stake to £2, bringing FOBTs in line with all other Category B gaming machines as a matter of precaution and to comply with the licensing objective of prevention of harm to young and vulnerable persons, until it is determined that FOBTs are not addictive, as all available evidence suggests that they are the most addictive form of gambling.”

£5bn gambled on Britain’s high streets – What’s happening where you are?

Posted on January 8, 2013 by admin

The Guardian ran a story this weekend based on analysis undertaken by the Campaign for Fairer Gambling and research carried out by Geofutures on FOBTs and how much is being gambled in local communities – which has attracted further media attention in the Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph, Financial Times, local and regional press as well as BBC local radio and TV.

To find the stats for your area download the spreadsheet here and click on the arrow in column E to search for your MP.

Comment from Adrian Parkinson, Campaign for Fairer Gambling Consultant:

“Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) are touch-screen roulette and casino gaming machines in betting shops, on which it is possible to stake up to £100 every 20 seconds. The high stakes and speed of play have led to the machines being called “the crack cocaine of gambling”, and the Gambling Act 2005 limits each betting shop to four FOBTs – so bookies leapfrog regulations by opening up as many shops as possible, which is why we get clustering, especially in poorer areas as our research has shown. In 2007, a Scoping Study into the Gambling Act recommended FOBTs be “closely monitored” because of international research that suggested they had features that could create more problem gamblers. However, no such monitoring has taken place, and the government is due to respond to a Select Committee report next week calling for the cap of four FOBTs per shop to be lifted as an “anti-clustering measure”.


“We believe the only way to stop machine-driven proliferation of betting shops is to make the machines less profitable. So we recommend reducing to maximum stake from £100 down to £2, increasing the time between plays, and removing table game content – all of these recommendations would bring B2 machines in line with other Category B machines.”

For more information contact:

Matt Zarb-Cousin, Campaign Consultant on matt@fairergambling.org

Adrian Parkinson, Campaign Consultant on Adrian@fairergambling.org