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Gambling campaigner argues for greater regulation of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals

Posted on October 24, 2017 by admin

Former gambling addict and campaigner Matt Zarb-Cousin tells his own story to Sky News – in his own words – and makes the case for tighter regulation of fixed odds betting terminals. He then debates the issues with Christopher Snowdon of the Institute for Economic Analysis.

Watch Matt’s story here, and watch the debate here.

Stakes on British fixed-odds betting machines rank among the highest in the developed world

Posted on October 21, 2017 by admin

The stakes on UK fixed-odds betting machines are almost the highest in the developed world. Here punters in bookies can gamble £100 a spin – up to five times a minute – to try to land a £500 jackpot.

Read the full story in The Daily Mirror.

A scandal, the Lords, the Commons, a scoop, a petition, the stories

Posted on September 19, 2017 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling’s latest insight on the debate around fixed odds betting terminals and whether new regulations are now required. (more…)

Government prepares clampdown on fixed-odds betting machines

Posted on September 2, 2017 by admin

The government has signalled that it is preparing to clamp down on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) – the gambling machines described as the “crack cocaine” of the betting world. But the extent to which the machines will be controlled is dividing the Treasury and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Read the full story in The Guardian.

Problems with the Gambling Behaviour and FOBTs

Posted on August 30, 2017 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling comments on the latest news. (more…)

Gamblers pumped £21.8 million into FOBT betting machines last year

Posted on August 30, 2017 by admin

Gamblers pumped over £21.8 million into fixed-odds betting terminals at bookies across West Lothian last year – £1.7 million more than the previous year.

The shocking figures from Campaign for Fairer Gambling show that punters lost over £5.4 million in 2016 alone placing bets at the 132 FOBT machines stationed in 35 betting shops in the area.

Read the full story in The Daily Record.

Gamblers winning on bookies’ high stake slots? – according to Gambling Commission data!

Posted on July 26, 2017 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling asks questions about Gambling Commission data, which is being used as part of a DCMS review into stake levels on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs). (more…)

Treasury cannot be allowed to scupper a long overdue FOBT stake reduction

Posted on July 6, 2017 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling writes about progress to reduce stake levels on fixed odds betting terminals ahead of the publication of the DCMS review in October (more…)

Fixed-odds betting terminal review delayed until autumn

Posted on June 30, 2017 by admin

A long-awaited review of fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) has been delayed until the autumn, following a rift between the Treasury and the government department responsible for the gambling industry over regulation of the controversial machines.

The government’s decision has been further complicated by the fact that MPs in the Democratic Unionist party, which holds the balance of power in parliament, are in favour of cutting the maximum FOBT stake from £100 to as low as £2.

Read the full story in The Guardian.

Labour’s Jo Stevens delivers PMQs burn to Theresa May over ‘reckless gambling’

Posted on June 28, 2017 by admin

Labour’s Jo Stevens delivered a ruthless burn to Theresa May during the first Prime Minister’s Questions of the new Parliament.

The Cardiff Central MP wants to see a crackdown on casino-like betting machines, one which tens of thousands of pounds are lost by gamblers every year.

Read the full story in The Huffington Post.