£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.


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.