Fixed Odds Betting Terminals

Shocking cost of social harm from gambling revealed with Glasgow on £35m slot machine loser

Posted on January 14, 2018 by admin

Glasgow is the UK city worst-affected by high-stakes slot machines, a new report has revealed.

Addiction to fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) costs the UK about £1.5billion in punters’ health issues, financial difficulties, relationship problems and crime, according to the study.

Read the full story in The Scottish Daily Record.

Money laundering, loan sharking, underage gambling, a betting shop murder and the pending review

Posted on January 10, 2018 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling writes about a Gambling Commission list of betting operators whose licences are at risk and argues that betting shops are no longer the safest place to gamble. (more…)

If the bookies can’t even run a self-exclusion scheme, what hope for preventing harm?

Posted on December 20, 2017 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling asks questions about the effectiveness of the Multi-Operator Self Exclusion Scheme (MOSES) operated by bookmakers. (more…)

Gambling addicts still hooked on machines as bookies fail to enforce scheme

Posted on December 17, 2017 by admin

A government scheme that is meant to allow staff at betting shops to bar problem gamblers has drawn fresh criticism after an investigation found that addicts are still being allowed to bet.

An undercover reporter posing as a known problem gambler who should have been ejected from bookmakers when attempting to use fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) was asked to leave only two out of 21 betting shops.

Read the full story in The Guardian.

Bookies are still in denial mode and resorting to desperate messages

Posted on December 7, 2017 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling writes about the ongoing consultation into the gambling sector.  (more…)

‘The £100 spin is deadly’ TV writer and ex-gambler calls for ban on highly addictive slot machines

Posted on December 3, 2017 by admin

Jimmy McGovern has written BBC drama series Broken which explores the troubles of gambling addiction – and the scriptwriter says he wants slot machines banned.

Read the full story in The Daily Record.

Bookies squeeze £1.8bn from gamblers as crackdown looms

Posted on December 1, 2017 by admin

The amount lost on betting machines described as the “crack cocaine of gambling” has risen sharply over the past 12 months as bookmakers squeeze every last penny out of punters before a cut in the maximum stake.

Gamblers’ losses per machines rose by 6.4 per cent, according to the Gambling Commission, the biggest increase in the past five years.

Read the full story in The Times.

The Gambling Commission holds a ‘Raising Standards’ Conference

Posted on November 30, 2017 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling asks questions about the Gambling Commission and the ongoing consultation into the gambling sector. (more…)

The FOBT Group in action, a Judicial Review, Northern Ireland illegality, the secret KMPG report and more

Posted on November 24, 2017 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling writes following a meeting of the APPG for Fixed Odds Betting Terminals and provides an update of the Campaign’s activities.

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Bookmaker arrested as part of probe into whether fixed odds betting terminals breach north’s gambling laws

Posted on November 23, 2017 by admin

A bookmaker has been arrested as part of a police investigation into whether fixed odds betting terminals breach the north’s gambling laws.

There are understood to be around 600 such terminals in Northern Ireland, with the six major bookmakers offering the service in their shops.

Read the full story in The Irish News.