Betting Shops

We won’t stop march of betting shops, say Ministers: Government will prevent councils using planning powers to block firms opening in shopping areas

Posted on November 11, 2013 by admin

Ministers have assured the country’s biggest bookmaker that they will clear the way for the opening of even more High Street betting shops.

The Government will prevent councils from using planning powers to stop gambling firms from crowding shopping districts with new betting outlets.

Betting shops have become hugely profitable thanks to the use of controversial fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBT), which allow punters to spend up to £100 every 20 seconds.

There are now more than 33,000 in Britain.

Read the full article in The Daily Mail online.

Liverpool Council calls for ban on betting shop roulette machines

Posted on November 7, 2013 by admin

Liverpool Council yesterday voted unanimously to ban the high-speed, high-stake roulette machines found in betting shops throughout the city. The machines, known as Fixed Odds Betting Terminals, or FOBTs, have risen to prominence following a fiery Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons last month, during which David Cameron said Government should “take a proper look at them”. (more…)

Bookmaker Coral rebuked by regulator over money launderer

Posted on October 8, 2013 by admin

Shops owned by one of Britain’s biggest high street bookmakers were used to launder almost a million pounds of money linked to drug dealing, the gambling regulator announced on Monday.

In a rare admission that betting shops could be used to conceal the source of ill-gotten gains, the Gambling Commission said Coral would have to pay back the £90,000 it made from a single customer who visited shops in north-east England. The man in his 30s, who cannot be named while he is waiting to be sentenced, was charged by police in Durham as part of a campaign against organised crime.

Read the full article in The Guardian online.

Whistleblower hits out at MPs

Posted on September 11, 2013 by admin

A WIGAN man at the heart of a campaign to rid betting shops of machines he dubbed the ‘crack cocaine of gambling’ has hit out at the Government’s attitude towards the issue.

Adrian Parkinson, who previously worked for Tote and is now spokesman for the Fairer Gambling organisation, was involved in launching the machines – known as fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) – from 1999 until 2008, and authored the study for the Campaign for Fairer Gambling last year.

The results found that in Wigan alone, 87 FOBTs in 24 shops produced a gross profit of £2.89m.

The culture secretary Maria Miller is due to announce the outcome of a review of gaming machine stakes and prizes.

But she is expected to resist calls to drastically reduce stakes on FOBTs.

Mr Parkinson called FOBTs the “crack cocaine of gambling” but bookies say there is no evidence they cause addiction and his campaign has been backed by the MP for Makerfield, Yvonne Fovargue.

Read the full article on Wigan Today online.

Suspect in court over Morden betting shop murder

Posted on August 29, 2013 by admin

A 21-year-old man charged with the murder of a Ladbrokes betting shop manager appeared at Southwark Crown Court last week.

Homeless Shafique Ahmad Aarij was due to enter a plea but the hearing was adjourned until Wednesday September 25.

He is accused of murdering Andrew Iacovou, 55, in the Aberconway Road shop, Morden, on Saturday May 25.

Read the full article on SW Londoner online.

Maria Miller set to freeze stakes on fixed odds machines

Posted on August 23, 2013 by admin

Gamblers playing roulette machines in betting shops will continue to be allowed to bet up to £100 a spin, the BBC understands.

Culture Secretary Maria Miller is due to announce the outcome of a review of gaming machine stakes and prizes.

But she is expected to resist calls to drastically reduce stakes on so-called Fixed-Odds Betting Terminals (FOBT).

Read the full article on BBC News online.

Anger over Government ‘failure’ to tackle addictive gaming machines

Posted on August 13, 2013 by admin

Addiction experts have branded them “the crack-cocaine of gambling”.

Fixed Odds Betting Terminals invite gamblers to bet up to £100 every 20 seconds.

Medway Council says strict restrictions on maximum stakes are urgently needed, but the Government doesn’t agree. John Ryall spoke to former gambling addict Matt Zarb-Cousin and Medway Council Labour Group Leader Vince Maple.

Watch the full video on ITV Meridian News online.

Clampdown on the ‘crack cocaine’ gaming machines: Payouts to be capped and punters told how much they are losing

Posted on August 9, 2013 by admin

Slot machines dubbed the ‘crack cocaine’ of the  gambling world are to have their payouts capped for three years under plans to clamp down on ‘Wild West’ betting practices.

The Mail has learned that a government review will  conclude that until at least 2016 bookmakers cannot put up the stakes or the prizes on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs), where punters can place bets of  up to £100 a turn.

High street bookies have also been told to draw up a code of  conduct for the casino-style machines which will allow customers to set a limit on how much they are prepared to lose.

Read the full article on The Daily Mail online.

Man wanted for criminal damage after ‘losing his cool’ at bookies

Posted on August 9, 2013 by admin

POLICE need help to identify a man suspected of causing criminal damage in a betting shop.

The suspect is said to have lost his cool at Ladbrokes in West 12 Shopping Centre, Shepherd’s Bush, at around 3.40pm on Thursday, June 30.

Read the full article on Fulham & Hammersmith Chronicle online.

Scotland: Addictive gambling machines rake in £4.4 billion

Posted on August 6, 2013 by admin

Gamblers in Scotland staked £4.4 billion on high stake machines last year, a rise of over £100 million according to new figures.

The amount of money gambled on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs), dubbed the “crack cocaine of gambling”, rose by £176 million. The money staked on the terminals equates to £1,057 per adult in the country.

The statistics came from betting industry data, and were produced by the Campaign for Fairer Gambling. The group warned of a “toxic economy” developing and called for the Government to act.

FOBTs allow people to bet money on virtual versions of games like blackjack and roulette.

Read the full article on The Christian Institute online.