Fixed Odds Betting Terminals

North Lanarkshire gamblers lost nearly £100m on machines in last eight years

Posted on September 14, 2017 by admin

Alex Neil is calling for action to tackle “toxic” fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) after new figures showed North Lanarkshire gamblers have lost nearly £90 million on the machines in the past eight years – including more than £13m in 2015-2016 alone.

Read the full story in The Daily Record.

You might be limited to a £2 gamble on betting machines at the bookies very soon

Posted on September 13, 2017 by admin

If you fancy a flutter on the betting machine at your local bookies then you might not be able to gamble more than £2.

Those who like a flutter on machines in bookies up and down the country can currently stake as much as £100 a time, every 20 seconds. But a limit could soon be applied after the Chancellor Phillip Hammond dropped his opposition to the plans to reduce the betting amount to £2.

Read the full story in The Sun.

Action, comment, talk, silence and panic

Posted on September 12, 2017 by admin

Derek Webb of the Campaign for Fairer Gambling explains the changing dynamics of the FOBT and gambling media debate. (more…)

Treasury backs down on fixed-dds betting curbs

Posted on September 12, 2017 by admin

Fixed-odds betting terminals – described as the “crack cocaine of gambling” – will be subject to new curbs after Philip Hammond dropped his opposition to limiting their maximum stake, The Times can reveal.

The issue has caused divisions in Whitehall, with the Treasury resisting proposals by the Department for Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS) to cut the maximum stake because they would cost £400 million a year in lost tax revenues.

Read the full story in The Times.

New curbs planned for high-stakes gaming machines

Posted on September 12, 2017 by admin

Ministers are poised to bring in new curbs on gaming machines after the Treasury dropped its objections to a crackdown.

The Government is looking at limiting the stakes on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) – dubbed the crack cocaine of gambling.

Read the full story in The Daily Mirror.

More than £75million gambled on betting machines in Mortherwell and Wishaw last year

Posted on September 8, 2017 by admin

Punters in the area lost £3.75million last year after more than £14million was put into the fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs). Now MSP Clare Adamson is demanding action over the ‘crack cocaine of gambling’ with many gamblers addicted to the machines, which raked in £78.2million.

Read the full story in The Daily Record.

Government prepares clampdown on fixed-odds betting machines

Posted on September 2, 2017 by admin

The government has signalled that it is preparing to clamp down on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) – the gambling machines described as the “crack cocaine” of the betting world. But the extent to which the machines will be controlled is dividing the Treasury and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Read the full story in The Guardian.

Problems with the Gambling Behaviour and FOBTs

Posted on August 30, 2017 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling comments on the latest news. (more…)

Gamblers pumped £21.8 million into FOBT betting machines last year

Posted on August 30, 2017 by admin

Gamblers pumped over £21.8 million into fixed-odds betting terminals at bookies across West Lothian last year – £1.7 million more than the previous year.

The shocking figures from Campaign for Fairer Gambling show that punters lost over £5.4 million in 2016 alone placing bets at the 132 FOBT machines stationed in 35 betting shops in the area.

Read the full story in The Daily Record.

Gambling with lives: Expert blasts bookies’ betting machines as it emerges Scots have spent £1.1bn on them in eight years

Posted on August 28, 2017 by admin

A gambling addiction expert has hit out at bookies’ betting machines – after it was revealed Scots have blown £1.1billion on them in just eight years.

Tony Marini was appalled by the Campaign for Fairer Gambling’s estimate of the total amount lost on the fixed odds terminals between 2008 and 2016.

Read the full story in The Scottish Sun.