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Tories have ‘shameful record’ on FOBT gambling, says Labour

Posted on June 6, 2017 by admin

The Labour party has accused the government of failing to act on fixed-odds betting terminals, after data showed that gamblers’ losses are largest in deprived areas and opposition-held constituencies.

A breakdown of estimated losses by parliamentary constituency shows that areas where voters chose Labour in the 2015 election make up eight of the top 10 most affected. Of 62 constituencies where gamblers lost more than £5m in 2015-16, 47 are Labour, five are Scottish National party areas and 10 are Conservative.

Read the full story in The Guardian.

False smears by the bookmakers show how desperate they’ve become

Posted on June 1, 2017 by admin

Campaign for Fairer Gambling founder, Derek Webb, shares his thoughts on recent bookmaker tactics. (more…)

UK gamblers lost a record £14billion in just one year including £1.8bn in ‘crack cocaine’ roulette machines

Posted on May 27, 2017 by admin

British gamblers lost a record £13.8billion in the last year, and the sum could see the Government crack down hard as it prepares to review the industry.

According to the Gambling Commission, the £13.8billion sum was lost by gamblers in the UK between October 2015 and September 2016, and it includes an all-time high on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs).

Read the full story in The Daily Mail.

Revealed: Gambling addicts are losing more than £5,000 on ‘crack cocaine’ betting machines in a single session

Posted on May 27, 2017 by admin

The shocking financial losses suffered by gamblers using so-called ‘crack cocaine’ betting machines have been laid bare for the first time.

Punters are losing thousands of pounds in just a few hours playing on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs).

On more than 650 occasions gamblers have blown more than £5,000 – about a fifth of the average national wage.

Read the full story in The Daily Mail.

Gamblers rack up record £14bn loss in a year

Posted on May 26, 2017 by admin

Gamblers in Britain have lost a record £13.8 billion in a year, including £1.82 billion on fixed-odds betting terminals.

The Gambling Commission said losses on FOBTs, which allow punters to stake up to £100 every 20 seconds and have been called the crack cocaine of gambling, increased by £57 million from the last update in November.

Read the full story in The Times.

UK gamblers lose £13.8bn in 2016

Posted on May 25, 2017 by admin

The UK Gambling commission has confirmed that British gamblers lost a record breaking £13.8bn in the year ending September 2016, an increase 2.9% from the previous period’s figures.

In a report published today, the commission also revealed that £1.82bn was lost by gamblers on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs), higher than previous totals and despite the number of machines in operation only increasing by 9%.

Read the full story in Gambling Insider.

UK gamblers rack up record losses as crackdown on industry looms

Posted on May 25, 2017 by admin

The losses accumulated by British gamblers hit a record high of £13.8bn in the year to the end of September, ahead of a planned crackdown on some of the industry’s most controversial aspects.

Figures released on Thursday (25 May), by the Gambling Commission also showed losses on the controversial fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) reached an all-time high of £1.8bn, compared with £1.7bn for the year to the end of September 2016.

Read the full story in the International Business Times.

UK gamblers lose record £13.8bn as industry braces for FOBT crackdown

Posted on May 25, 2017 by admin

British gamblers lost a record £13.8bn in the year ending September 2016, including an all-time high of £1.82bn on controversial fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs).

The figures, released by the industry regulator the Gambling Commission, come just weeks before a long-awaited government review of the industry is due to be published.

Read the full story in The Guardian.

Gamblers are losing £5million every DAY on ‘crack cocaine’ betting machines that allow players to stake up to £100 every 20 seconds

Posted on May 25, 2017 by admin

Gamblers lost a record £1.8billion on ‘crack cocaine’ betting machines last year – or nearly £5million a day.

The total for the year up to the end of September 2016 was £57million higher than the Gambling Commission’s last update in November.

The figures come amid expectations that the Government will unveil a crackdown on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) in the next few months.

Read the full story in The Daily Mail.

Jimmy McGovern: “FOBTs should not be on our high streets”

Posted on May 23, 2017 by admin

The Bafta-winning screenwriter Jimmy McGovern has condemned the “immoral” Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) piling misery on some of the country’s poorest communities.

McGovern, whose upcoming BBC series Broken looks at poverty in a working-class community in Liverpool, said debts were mounting as a result of the digital gambling games inside bookmakers.

Read the full story in The Big Issue.