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Call for high street betting machine ban

Posted on December 21, 2015 by admin

Holyrood should be given the power to ban fixed odds betting terminals from high street bookmaker shops, a committee of MSPs has concluded.

The MSPs have been looking into the use of the machines, which allow players to bet on the outcome of games and events with fixed odds returns.

Read the full story on BBC News Online

Calls for fixed-odds betting machines ban

Posted on December 21, 2015 by admin

Gaming machines that allow fixed odds betting should be banned from the high street, a report has concluded.

Holyrood’s local government and regeneration committee has been looking into the use of fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) available in bookmakers in Scotland.

The most commonly played game is roulette, but others include bingo, simulated horse and greyhound racing and a range of slot machine games.

Read more in The Sun

Newham Council leads campaign to reduce highest stake on FOBTs

Posted on December 21, 2015 by admin

Newham Council is leading a campaign urging ministers to reduce the highest stake on betting machines from £100 to £2.

The borough’s Mayor says the terminals have “sucked the life blood out of local economies”.

Watch the full piece on BBC iPlayer

£2 betting machine limit proposals resubmitted by councils

Posted on December 21, 2015 by admin

A bid to cut the maximum bet on some High Street gambling machines in England has been resubmitted.

Newham Council is urging ministers to reduce the highest stake on Fixed-Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) from £100 to £2. It says they have “sucked the life blood out of local economies”.

An initial plea was rejected in July. But Newham has resubmitted the plan, saying 25% of English councils back it.

The government said it would continue to monitor effectiveness of controls.

Read more at BBC News Online

‘Crack cocaine’ gambling machines blamed for 50% rise in police incidents at betting shops

Posted on December 14, 2015 by admin

Police have reported a 50% increase in incidents in betting shops in a year.

Campaigners claim it is linked to the rise in high stake gambling machines where punters can lose up to £100 in just 20 seconds.

Last year, police had to deal with 11,232 incidents compared to 7,436 in 2013.

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling claimed 20% of fixed odds betting terminals were being vandalised each year, with often just one member of staff having to deal with any problems.

Read more in the Sunday Mirror.

Bookies rake in gambling machines fortune, taking a £1.6billion jackpot

Posted on December 9, 2015 by admin

Shock figures revealed fixed odd gaming machines – such as one-armed bandits – made an average £46,000 profit each.

That translates into a daily profit of £125, according to the figures from the Gambling Commission.

The £1.6bn haul came from a total of 35,000 of the machines, also called Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs).

Read more in the Daily Star.

Gambling body ‘sorry’ for aggressive lobbying

Posted on December 9, 2015 by admin

Senior gambling industry figures have apologised for “aggressively” lobbying a senior Scottish politician for private meetings when he began an inquiry into the regulation of betting terminals.

Kevin Stewart, an SNP MSP and convener of Holyrood’s local government committee, said that the betting industry had been all over him “like a rash” since the committee began its inquiry into the proliferation of fixed odds betting terminals.

Read more in the Scottish Times.

Gambler smashes metal stool through fruit machine after losing streak at Ladbrokes

Posted on August 25, 2015 by admin

A punter destroyed two gaming machines at Ladbrokes in Walthamstow. He caused more than £800 worth of damage during incident on July 8. It follows similar attacks where stools have been used to damage machines. Read the story in full at MailOnline.

Derek Webb discusses FOBTs on Sky News

Posted on August 20, 2015 by admin

In light of the revelation that each of Ladbrokes’ fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) grosses over £1,000 per week, Derek Webb, co-founder of the Campaign for Fairer Gambling, discusses why these machines – dubbed the ‘crack cocaine of gambling’ – are so addictive and criticises The Association of British Bookmakers’ (ABB) player protection measures as inadequate. The interview presents Campaign For Fairer Gambling’s case for a stake reduction from £100 to £2 on FOBTs.

Watch the interview in full here.

Guardian investigates the ‘crack cocaine of gambling’

Posted on April 7, 2014 by admin

While the craze FOBTs has bolstered big business, there is increasing concern over the social cost of the machines. The industry says there is no evidence for critics’ claims but just what is the price in terms of crime, violence and addiction of filling high streets with casino games? Randeep Ramesh of the Guardian investigates.