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House of Lords criticism for FOBTs

Posted on November 19, 2013 by admin

Criticism of fixed-odds betting terminals in the UK continued last week with a House of Lords debate on the subject of the proposed new stakes and prizes for all levels of gambling machines in the UK.

You can read the full story in iNTERGAME Online here.

£12.2 billion gambled on betting shop roulette machines across London

Posted on October 7, 2013 by admin

The latest estimates of gambling on betting shop roulette machines, released by the Campaign for Fairer Gambling, show that across the Greater London region over £12.2 billion was gambled on them. With over 1,836 betting shops and 6,714 roulette machines London is estimated to have contributed £413 million to the betting industry’s £1.5 billion profits from the machines, which have been described as the most addictive gambling product in the UK.

The continuing controversy over the bookmakers’ roulette machines which are currently being reviewed by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport has resulted in Members of Parliament across the country calling for action, including West Ham MP Lyn Brown who said “very poor areas are saturated with betting shops particularly compared with wealthier areas.

Hackney North MP Diane Abbot said “my concern is that these shops put little back into the community and can take advantage of areas with high levels of unemployment and poverty. They can also cause increased levels of crime including begging, drug crimes and burglaries.”

Conservative MP for Enfield Southgate David Burrowes also led a protest against betting shops in his constituency saying “there are just too many betting shops along Green Lanes. They have reached saturation levels and are diminishing the character of the high street.

Founder of the Campaign for Fairer Gambling Derek Webb, who will be featuring in a BBC documentary Inside Out, due to be broadcast in London on Monday on 7th October at 7.30pm said: “The proliferation of betting shops on our high streets is fuelled by highly addictive electronic gaming machines, where you can easily lose up to £300 in a minute. These aren’t pub fruit machines; these are high-stake, high-speed, high-risk gaming machines in easily accessible high street locations.”

A recent analysis of the money lost on what are known as Fixed Odd Betting Terminals (FOBTs) by Landman Economics revealed that across London up to 10,587 jobs could be lost over the next 10 years if spending on the machines continues to rise. It is predicted that player losses could grow to £814 million by 2023 in London alone.

Howard Reed of Landman Economics concluded that “Profits from FOBTs could double in real terms over the next ten years, resulting in a gain of over 11,000 jobs in the betting sector but a loss of almost 33,000 jobs elsewhere in the economy. But he warned “the extent that growth in FOBTs displaces other economic activity which is based on “buying local”, it is likely that growth in FOBTs in the betting sector is likely to have an even more negative impact on the local economy than we have forecast.”

BBC Radio Stoke: Derek Webb discusses the impact of FOBTs

Posted on October 1, 2013 by admin

Listen to Campaign founder Derek Webb’s radio interview with BBC Radio Stoke’s Graham Torrington, as they discusses the impact of fixed odds betting terminals on high streets. Catch up online from 0:29:00.

BBC Three Counties Radio: Derek Webb discusses the impact of FOBTs

Posted on October 1, 2013 by admin

Listen to Derek Webb, founder of the Campaign for Fairer Gambling and Stop the FOBTs, discuss the ‘crack cocaine of gambling’ with Roberto Perrone on BBC Three Counties Radio online - from 1:06:00.

Watch Campaign founder Derek Webb’s appearance on BBC Inside Out

Posted on October 1, 2013 by admin

BBC news programme Inside Out looks into whether high street gaming laws should be changed. Watch Campaign founder Derek Webb’s appearance on the programme and find out why he is campaigning for a reduction in stakes and the implementation of sensible regulations on high speed roulette machines in betting shops.

You can watch the programme in full here.

BBC Radio Hereford & Worcester: Derek Webb discusses the impact of FOBTs

Posted on September 30, 2013 by admin

Listen to Campaign founder Derek Webb’s radio interview with BBC Radio Hereford and Worcester’s Elliott Webb, as they discusses the impact of fixed odds betting terminals on high streets. Catch up online - from 0:15:00.

BBC Radio Shropshire: Derek Webb discusses the impact of FOBTs

Posted on September 30, 2013 by admin

Listen to Derek Webb, founder of the Campaign for Fairer Gambling and Stop the FOBTs, discuss the ‘crack cocaine of gambling’ with Eric Smith and Clare Ashford on BBC Radio Shropshire’s Breakfast Show online - from 1:41:00.

Gambling addict calls for stricter FOBT laws

Posted on September 30, 2013 by admin

A gambling addict who lost a month’s salary in a few hours on betting machines at the height of his addiction says stricter laws must be brought in.

Roger Radler, from High Wycombe, says FOBTs (Fixed-Odds Betting Terminals) are as addictive as “crack cocaine”.

Mr Radler said he could “bet £100 every 10 seconds” on the roulette games.

Derek Webb, a Derby millionaire who made his money from gambling and inventing Three Card Poker, is funding a campaign to ban FOBTs.

Read the full article on BBC News online.

High stakes casino games are ‘crack cocaine of gambling’

Posted on September 30, 2013 by admin

Betting shops have witnessed a surge in people playing on high stakes gaming machines in recent years.

As many people are gambling on Fixed-Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) as those betting on horse racing or football matches over the counter.

Inside Out meets Roger Radler from High Wycombe who became hooked on the machines before going into therapy.

He is now trying to help other addicts beat what he calls the “crack cocaine of the betting industry”.

Read the full article and watch the interview with Roger Radler on BBC news online.

BBC Radio West Midlands: Derek Webb discusses the impact of FOBTS

Posted on September 28, 2013 by admin

Listen to Derek Webb, founder of the Campaign for Fairer Gambling and Stop the FOBTs, discuss the ‘crack cocaine of gambling’ with Pete Morgan at Breakfast on BBC West Midlands online - from 1:18:00.