Fixed Odds Betting Terminals

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.

‘Highly addictive, high speed casino machines need to leave the high street’

Posted on December 4, 2013 by admin

Campaign Consultant Matt Zarb-Cousin describes how he became addicted to fixed-odds gambling machines as a guest on the Channel 5 blog.

Daily Mail: Britons pump £46billion a year into gambling machines

Posted on December 3, 2013 by admin

FRONT PAGE STORY: Gamblers wagered a staggering £46billion on betting terminals last year – nearly 50 per cent up in four years.

Dubbed the ‘crack cocaine’ of the high street, the machines allow punters to lose up to £100 every 20 seconds. They have been linked to the laundering of drugs money and councils are trying to rein them in.

But Gambling Commission figures show that bookmakers raked in profits of £1.55billion from the terminals between April 2012 and March 2013. It also found that more than 600,000 children were either stopped in – or trying to enter – betting shops last year, six times as many as in 2009.

Read Tim Shipman’s front page Daily Mail story for more details.

Man blew £250,000 on slot machines branded the “crack cocaine of gambling”

Posted on December 2, 2013 by admin

Skint James Petherick has told how he blew £250,000 in 10 years on slot machines ­branded the “crack ­cocaine of ­gambling”.

Welder James, 37, spoke about the devastating impact of fixed odds ­betting ­terminals on which ­you can gamble up to £100 in 20 seconds.

He was driven to the brink of ­suicide by a crippling ­addiction to the casino-style machines that are found in bookies and are now the target of a Sunday People campaign. He said: “I’d stop on the way home, go into a bookies and pour all my wages into these machines.

Read the full article in The Mirror online.

Read Campaign founder Derek Webb’s article in Liberator magazine

Posted on November 20, 2013 by admin

Campaign founder Derek Webb shares his thoughts on FOBTs for an article in the Liberator magazine, following the Campaign’s attendance at all three party conferences earlier this year.

You can read the article in full here.