Fixed Odds Betting Terminals

Hamilton MP Tom Greatrex Christmas column: Gambling

Posted on January 2, 2014 by admin

Earlier this year, I spent some time with Hamilton Gamblers Anonymous and what struck me was the extent to which of those who had admitted their problem with a gambling addiction, more and more were as a result of fixed odds betting terminals, which are in the High Street bookmakers throughout Scotland.

Read the full article in The Daily Record online.

Glasgow gamblers spend over £800m per year on FOBTs

Posted on December 24, 2013 by admin

Gamblers in the Scottish city of Glasgow spent over £800 million (€956.1 million/$1.3 billion) on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) over the past year.

According to the Herald newspaper, a total of £1,400 in bets per capita was played on FOBTs in Scotland’s biggest city in 2011-12.

In addition, new figures also showed a 20% rise in the amount of betting shops since gaming laws were loosened in 2005.

Read the full article in i Gaming Business online.

Ed Miliband urged to cut maximum bets on casino machines if Labour wins election

Posted on December 23, 2013 by admin

Ed Miliband is being pressed to slash the maximum bet on high stakes gambling machines from £100 to £2 should he ­become Prime Minister.

The call came as figures show punters are spending nearly £500million more this year on the terminals dubbed gambling’s crack cocaine than in 2009.

The Labour leader pledged new powers for councils to control the number of fixed odds betting terminals in bookies in their area.

Read the full article in The Mirror online.

Preston City Council ‘demands’ gambling machine action

Posted on December 13, 2013 by admin

A council is to write to the government to “demand urgent action” for a ban of gambling machines in betting shops.

Preston City Council said the increased use of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) is causing “significant problems” in the city.

Councillors also voted unanimously for a motion calling for councils to be able cut the maximum stakes of FOBTs, which include games like roulette.

The Association of British Bookmakers said “we offer products people want”. Read more on BBC News.

Punters gamble £2 in betting shop gaming machines for every £3 going into the NHS

Posted on December 9, 2013 by admin

Punters are gambling £2 in betting shop gaming machines for every £3 going into their local NHS .

Former Cabinet minister John Denham is furious that £200million went into the Fixed Odds Betting Terminals in his Southampton Labour constituency last year.

Spending on doctors and hospitals is £280million. Mr Denham said: “Nobody begrudges people a bit of fun, but the Government needs to act urgently.

Read the full story in the Mirror here.

Britons gamble £46 billion on betting machines

Posted on December 6, 2013 by admin

Britons gambled £46 billion on betting terminals last year, an increase of almost 50 per cent in the last four years.

Gamblers lose up to £100 every 20 seconds on the fixed odds machines, campaigners say, and they have been dubbed the “crack cocaine” of the high street.

Almost 600,000 under 18s were stopped in or trying to enter betting shops last year, six times as many as 2009, figures from the Gambling Commission show.

Read the full article in the Telegraph.

Brits bet £46bn on gambling machines every year

Posted on December 6, 2013 by admin

Punters can lose up to £100 every 20 seconds on the casino-style slot machines dubbed the “crack cocaine” of the betting industry.

Gambling Commission figures show bookies made £1.55bn profit from the terminals last year. The Commission also found 6,000 children were stopped trying to use betting shops, six times as many as just four years ago.

Read the full story here.

Campaign slams vote on roulette machines

Posted on December 5, 2013 by admin

Stop the FOBTs campaigners today expressed disappointment at the Government’s failure to listen to evidence on the damage caused by Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs). MPs voted in favour of implementing the recommendations from the recent review into gaming machine stakes and prizes, which will allow the roulette machines in betting shops to keep the £100 maximum stake, rather than adopting the precautionary principle and reducing the stake to £2. (more…)

MPs vote on whether to ban FOBTs

Posted on December 4, 2013 by admin

MPs have been voting on whether to ban fixed-odds betting terminals, which critics say are wrecking people’s lives. Read a report by Rebecca Barry featuring Campaign Consultant Matt Zarb-Cousin.  


David Cameron must curb gambling machines or society will pay the price

Posted on December 4, 2013 by admin

We’re in the grip of a new addiction – high-speed, high-stakes gambling.

What’s fuelling this destructive habit is the fixed odds betting terminal(FOBT), a machine that allows people to bet £100 every 20 seconds for 13 hours a day. These digital roulette terminals are making millions for the gambling industry, and making losers out of those who can least afford to lose.

And there’s also growing evidence that they’re turning bookies from places where people have a flutter on the horses into criminal dens linked to money laundering.

Read more from Tom Watson MP in the Guardian online.