Fixed Odds Betting Terminals

Gambling with lives: Fury as amusement arcades demand fixed odds terminals

Posted on August 8, 2014 by admin

Highly-addictive gambling machines that allow bets of £100 every 20 seconds could spread to motorway services and amusement arcades.

That is the warning from outraged campaigners about fixed odds betting terminals.

Currently only allowed in betting shops, the machines are raking in cash at an alarming rate.

Read the full article in The Daily Mirror online.

We need to take tougher action over FOBTs

Posted on June 30, 2014 by admin

Fixed odds betting terminals have cost gamblers in North Ayrshire £4m over the last 12 months.

Labour MP Brian Donohoe is stepping up his efforts to tackle the problem of gambling in North Ayrshire – after finding out that Glasgow gamblers bet £200 million a year on gaming machines.

Mr Donohoe joins SNP’s Kenneth Gibson who told the Herald last month the maximum stake on FOBTs – fixed odds betting terminals – should be slashed after we revealed gamblers in North Ayrshire bet a staggering £4 million on the machines in the last year.

Read the full article in the Daily Record online.

North Ayrshire gamblers lose £4m in a year

Posted on May 12, 2014 by admin

Calls are being made to crackdown on betting shop gaming machines after it was revealed that gamblers in North Ayrshire lost a staggering £4,691,482 over the last year.

The machines, which allow gamblers to play virtual games such as Blackjack and Roulette, have been labelled as the “crack cocaine of gambling”, such is the extent of addiction they cultivate.

Known as fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs), gamblers are currently able to play a maximum stake of £100 – but concerned campaigners and politicians are calling on the UK Government to drastically lower this maximum limit to just £2.

Read the full article in The Daily Record online.

Maximum cash stake on fixed-odds betting terminals to be restricted

Posted on May 6, 2014 by admin

A cut in the maximum amount of cash that can be inserted into fixed-odds betting machines is to be imposed by the government to ease concern about the high-stakes electronic devices.

Under the new rules, anyone using a fixed-odds betting terminal (FOBT) – often called the crack cocaine of gambling – will need to inform staff if they want to bet more than £50 cash at a time.

Gamblers would also have the alternative of getting an online account so that spending can be tracked, following an assessment released by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

Read the full article in The Guardian online.

Don’t bet on beating us, say bookies in row over gambling machines as staff bonuses depend on casino game profits

Posted on May 4, 2014 by admin

Government plans to reform betting shops are under threat from all sides as politicians and local councils complain they are too weak, and smaller bookmakers threaten to call for a judicial review.

At the same time it has emerged that betting shop staff get higher bonuses if more customers play on fixed-odds betting terminals – the focus of concern for campaigners who dub them ‘the crack cocaine of gambling’.

Reforms outlined last week to allay fears over fixed-odds betting terminals, or FOBTs, as well as the spread of betting shops on the high street were criticised by everyone except the biggest operators, who had expected harsher measures.

Read the full article in The Daily Mail online.

Government announces clampdown on high-stakes betting machines

Posted on May 1, 2014 by admin

With players able to gamble hundreds of pounds on a machine every minute, ministers have announced a series of measures designed to protect punters’ cash.

Government clampdown on gaming machines

Posted on May 1, 2014 by admin

THE GOVERNMENT has announced that gaming machine players who wish to stake more than £50 in a single play must use account-based play or load cash over the counter.

Ministers want players involved in high stakes play to have more interaction with betting shop staff.

The measure is one of a number announced by the government on Wednesday as part of its long-awaited review of gambling policy.

Read the full article in The Racing Post online.

How I tried the ‘crack cocaine’ of gaming machines

Posted on May 1, 2014 by admin

As butchers and bakers close – its bookies, bookies and more bookies on some high streets. This lunchtime the government has released plans to give councils more control over betting shops.

At present they are in the same planning category as banks or estate agents.

Industry insiders tell me that some of the biggest bookies on Britain’s high streets are now making half of all their retail earnings from terminals known as ‘fixed odds betting terminals’.

I tried one out – gambling £100 in just 20 seconds.

Read the full article from ITV News online.


Posted on April 30, 2014 by admin

Watch Matt Zarb-Cousin discuss his issues with FOBTs on the day the Government announced new proposals in attempt to crackdown on the machines known as the ‘crack cocaine of gambling’.


Posted on April 30, 2014 by admin

Matt Zarb-Cousin joins ITV’s Chris Choi to discuss the ‘crack cocaine of gambling’ – FOBTs. The interviews comes on the day the government announced new measures in an attempt to crackdown on the addictive machines.