Fixed Odds Betting Terminals

Labour targets slot machines

Posted on January 26, 2015 by admin

THE spread of addictive casino slot machines labelled the “crack cocaine of gambling” would be halted under a Labour government in Scotland, the party has pledged.

Fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) — high-speed, high-stake gaming machines — have already been banned in Ireland amid concerns that gamblers can lose up to £100 on them every 20 seconds.

Read the full article in The Sunday Times online.

Australian Academic criticises Association of British Bookmakers’ Code of Conduct on its anniversary

Posted on December 10, 2014 by admin

On the anniversary of the Association of British Bookmakers’ (ABB) Code for Responsible Gambling and Player Protection, leading Australian academic, Charles Livingstone, has criticised self-regulation and player protection measures as being of low efficacy.

Introduced at last year’s Responsible Gambling Trust “Harm Minimisation” conference, the voluntary code of conduct was designed to placate public and political pressure over fixed odds betting terminals – the roulette machines in betting shops capable of taking bets of up to £100 every 20 seconds. This year’s conference is taking place today and one year on, there appears to have been no improvement in player protection on FOBTs. (more…)

Limit ‘crack cocaine’ gambling machine bets to £2, say councils

Posted on November 25, 2014 by admin

Betting shops could be forced to radically cut the amount of money that can be gambled on controversial Fixed Odds Betting Machines (FOBTs), according to proposal set to be put forward by local councils this week.

The Independent can reveal that Newham council in east London is set to lead 80 councils in a campaign which aims to force Government to step in to reduce the stakes at which gamblers can play the machines, which have been labelled the “crack cocaine of gambling”.

Read the full article in The Independent online.

Bookmakers promise compulsory limits to ease concerns over ‘crack cocaine’ gaming machines

Posted on November 3, 2014 by admin

Britain’s £2.3 billion bookmaking industry is bowing to concerns over controversial “crack cocaine” gaming machines by introducing compulsory limits on the amount of time and money players can lose before they are forced to take a break.

Under radical new measures to be announced today , customers using fixed-odds electronic gaming machines in high street betting shops, which have been dubbed the “crack cocaine of gambling” by campaigners, will have to make a choice over whether they set their own monetary or time limits.

If they fail to do so, they will for the first time be forced to take a break when they have been playing for 30 minutes or if their losses reach £250.

Read the full article in The Daily Telegraph online.

Bookmakers sign up to voluntary watchdog

Posted on September 15, 2014 by admin

Three of the four big high street bookmakers have signed up to a new voluntary watchdog in the hope of preempting a raft of tough statutory measures that threaten the prevalence of betting shops, high-speed roulette machines and aggressive punter-recruitment adverts promising “free money”.

William Hill, Ladbrokes and Coral, together with the smaller competitor Paddy Power, have promised from next month to remove all adverts for touch-screen roulette machines from their windows and to dedicate a fifth of the space to responsible gambling messages.

Read the full article in The Guardian online.

John Cleese hits back at critics over betting machine deal

Posted on September 8, 2014 by admin

It is the smash-hit musical that boasts of how it was “lovingly ripped off” from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. So perhaps it is no surprise that Spamalot should undergo its own reincarnation, albeit one that has dismayed at least one of the Pythons themselves.

The rollout of Monty Python’s Spamalot fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) in Ladbrokes betting shops gives punters the chance to win up to £500 at a time, and the opportunity, as the Knights of the Round Table sing in the musical, to “try your luck in Camelot; run amok in Camelot; it doesn’t suck in Camelot”.

Read the full article in The Guardian online.

Fixed odds betting terminals blamed for 8.2% rise in crime at bookies in past year

Posted on August 26, 2014 by admin

Shops have called out ­police 728 times more than in 2013 with the weekly average at 179 against 165 previously – issues include vandalising machines

Casino-style betting machines are blamed for an 8.2% rise in crime at bookies in the past year, reports the Sunday People.

Issues include punters vandalising machines and abusing staff.

Read the full article in The Daily Mirror online.

Fixed-odds betting

Posted on August 11, 2014 by admin

Will the new boss of William Hill tackle the company’s dependency on the most addictive kind of betting?

Sir, Apropos the comments by James Henderson, of William Hill (Aug 2), the betting industry’s problems stem from a single product: fixed-odds betting terminals. FOBTs offer casino games such as roulette at high speed — they can take bets of up to £100 every 20 seconds. They have led to increased crime, abuse by money launderers and a rise in gambling addiction. They account for over half the betting industry’s profits, and over 80 per cent of its turnover.

Read the full article in The Times online.

Are ‘crack cocaine’ betting machines set for service stations? Ministers under pressure from amusement industry to allow spread of £100-a-spin games

Posted on August 11, 2014 by admin

Betting machines dubbed the ‘crack cocaine of gambling’ could spread to arcades and service stations as part of proposals from the amusement industry.

Ministers are under pressure to allow the machines – which are currently only allowed in betting shops – to be more widespread.

Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) are casino-style games which allow users to spend up to £100 a spin and are blamed for a worrying rise in problem gambling.

Read the full article in The Daily Mail online.

The ‘crack cocaine’ of gambling – fixed-odds betting terminals in Swansea that allow people to bet up to £300 a minute

Posted on August 8, 2014 by admin

GAMBLING addiction workers in Swansea say fixed-odds betting terminals (FoBTs) are leaving more and more people in serious debt.

They look like fruit machines and are present in betting shops and casinos, generating a growing chunk of income for betting companies, according to the Welsh Centre for Action and Dependency.

Staff at the Uplands centre said people could bet up to £300 per minute on FoBTs — labelled in some quarters the “crack cocaine” of gambling.

Read the full article in The South Wales Evening Post online.