Fixed Odds Betting Terminals

Glasgow pays higher price for its addiction to gambling machines

Posted on February 14, 2018 by admin

Glasgow is losing more to fixed-odds betting terminals than any other council area in the country, according to research.

The machines, dubbed the crack cocaine of gambling, are costing Scotland’s largest city £27 million a year in lost money, health expenses and job problems associated with addiction to the terminals.

Read the full story in The Times.

High street betting machines hook 120k Brits and cost communities £1.2bn

Posted on February 13, 2018 by admin

Addictive high street betting machines hit the poorest hardest and have hooked 120,000 users, research reveals today.

Experts say the cost of problem gambling on fixed-odds betting terminals has soared above £10million in the most deprived areas.

Read the full story in The Sun.

The £1billion toll of ‘crack cocaine’ betting machines: More than 120,000 users of highly addictive fixed odds terminals could be classed as problem gamblers

Posted on February 13, 2018 by admin

More than 120,000 users of ‘crack cocaine’ betting machines could be classed as problem gamblers, a report has found.

The toll is exposed in a report by economists, who conclude that gambling on fixed-odds betting terminals is hitting the poorest parts of the country the hardest.

Read the full story in The Daily Mail.

Gamblers in Scotland lost more than £1billion on high stakes slot machines in less than a decade

Posted on February 4, 2018 by admin

Gamblers in Scotland lost more than £1billion on controversial high stakes slot machines in less than a decade.

The figure revealed by the Sunday Mail today comes in the wake of Theresa May’s promise to cut the maximum stake for fixed odds betting terminals.

Read the full story in The Scottish Daily Record.

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.