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Govt must not ‘turn blind eye’ to ‘crack cocaine’ of gambling

Posted on February 3, 2016 by admin

David Cameron’s former speechwriter has sparked calls for the Government to act over highly addictive gambling machines.

Writing in The Times, Clare Foges warned that “big business” is “profiteering on the vulnerable poor” through Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs).

Read the full story in The Christian Institute

Betting shops fear drug barons are laundering cash in gambling machines

Posted on January 28, 2016 by admin

Hundreds of suspected money laundering operations have been reported at betting shops as criminals plough drug money into gambling machines.

The Gambling Commission has revealed that over the past year, 633 reports were filed to it and the National Crime Agency by bookmakers where operators suspect the proceeds of crime are being used on their premises.

It has long been suspected that drug barons employ ‘cleaners’ to launder drug money through high-stakes gambling terminals but this is the first time such industry data has confirmed this is happening on such a scale.

Read the full story in the Mirror

FOBTs are leading to more and more violence in betting shops

Posted on January 28, 2016 by admin

Betting shop staff tell the BBC 5 Live team about how Fixed Odds Betting Terminals are leading to more and more violence in betting shops.

One such betting shop worker, Margaret, shares the horrifying tale of how a FOBT user became very aggressive towards her and spat at her after flying into a rage whilst using an addictive FOBT machine.

Campaign Consultant, Matt Zarb-Cousin joins the 5 Live Daily Show to share his story of FOBT addiction and to discuss betting shop violence as a result of the rise of the FOBTs.

Listen again to the whole feature on BBC iPlayer (at 8 mins 19 secs)

Government FOBT Evaluation ignores betting shop FOBT crime

Posted on January 28, 2016 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling evaluates recently published DCMS regulations on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals and a KPMG report which has been presented to the Government.

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‘Crack cocaine’ gambling machines make £1,000 a week: Profits on fixed odds terminals said to have rocketed in the past year

Posted on January 27, 2016 by admin

Profits on highly addictive gambling machines have rocketed over the past year, it emerged yesterday. 

Fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) have caused untold misery by allowing users to stake £100 a time on games including roulette and poker.

They are so addictive they have become known as the ‘crack cocaine’ of gambling.

Read more in the Daily Mail

We DID get it wrong on crack cocaine gambling machines, admits Tessa Jowell

Posted on January 27, 2016 by admin

Labour’s former culture secretary has admitted that her reforms led to a free-for-all of ‘crack cocaine’ gambling machines on high streets.

Tessa Jowell was in post when fixed-odds betting terminals were introduced in 2001, and four years later she brought in laws to regulate them.

The terminals allow users to stake £100 a time on games including blackjack, roulette and poker. They are so addictive they have become known as the ‘crack cocaine’ of gambling.

Read more in the Daily Mail

Bookies making £34million a WEEK from ‘crack cocaine’ gambling machines

Posted on January 27, 2016 by admin

Campaigners say tens of thousands of pounds can be raked in by some individual machines each week.

Bookies are making a staggering £34 million a week from ‘crack cocaine’ gambling machines in betting shops after a surge in profits.

Ladbrokes saw a 9% increase in money made from punters on the Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) last year and Paddy Power raked in almost £1,400 a week from EVERY machine.

Read the full story in the Mirror

Lord Clement-Jones and Tessa Jowell back Clare Foges’ call for clampdown on FOBTs

Posted on January 27, 2016 by admin

Is Clare Foges right — Tories must rage against a betting machine that is wreaking havoc?

Lord Clement-Jones and Tessa Jowell discuss the need for reform of the gambling market and show their support for Clare Foges’ call for a clampdown on FOBTs.

Read their full response in The Times

Tories must rage against the betting machine

Posted on January 25, 2016 by admin

An opinion piece from David Cameron’s former speech writer, Clare Foges.

If Cameron wants to help gambling addicts he has to curb a free market that is wreaking havoc.

At a long-ago Davos gathering, David Cameron said this about the modern Conservative party and its relationship to the free market: “If markets, and capitalism, and the activities of individual businesses conflict with our vision of the good society… we must not sit there and take it, going along with the old orthodoxy that nothing should be allowed to impede the pursuit of profit. We must speak out.”

I remembered those words last week when reading of a case in Snaresbrook crown court. A 71-year-old man pleaded guilty to damaging seven fixed-odds betting terminals (or FOBTs) with a kitchen knife.

Read the full article in The Times

The Crack Cocaine of Gambling

Posted on January 21, 2016 by admin

Afshin Rattansi goes underground on DAVOS and discusses gambling and the week’s news.

Wimbledon may be rigged by gambling syndicates, but why is David Cameron continuing to encourage Britain’s most vulnerable to bet their social security away? Afshin Rattansi speaks to Labour MP Carolyn Harris to hear her views on FOBTs.

Watch again on rt.com (at 19 mins 15 secs)