Fixed Odds Betting Terminals

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.

House of Lords criticism for FOBTs

Posted on November 19, 2013 by admin

Criticism of fixed-odds betting terminals in the UK continued last week with a House of Lords debate on the subject of the proposed new stakes and prizes for all levels of gambling machines in the UK.

You can read the full story in iNTERGAME Online here.

Hackney Council bids to tackle gambling machines

Posted on November 14, 2013 by admin

Slot machines described as the “crack cocaine of gambling” will be tackled in a new campaign backed the town hall.

At a recent Hackney Council meeting, members agreed a motion to support the Campaign For Fairer Gambling’s call for the maximum amount people can spend on betting machines.

Read the full article in The Hackney Gazette online.

UK betting machines turn dirty drug money clean

Posted on November 11, 2013 by admin

A recent report has revealed that fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) in bookmakers across Britain are helping drug dealers to launder their money.

Dealers feed their drug money through the machines, losing a little and then cashing out with the greater part of their stake, The Guardian reported on Friday.

Read the full article in Press TV online.

Money laundering, addiction and the social cancer of High Street betting shops

Posted on November 11, 2013 by admin

When social historians assess the impact of the Blair administrations on the face of Britain they should examine the passing of the 2005 Gambling Act.

This was the legislation that allowed bookmaking firms to install so-called Fixed Odds Betting Terminals on any High Street in the land.

These machines are an electronically turbo-charged form of roulette, a game which hitherto had been restricted to membership-only casinos.

Read the full article in The Daily Mail online.

Liverpool first city to ban high-speed betting machines

Posted on November 8, 2013 by admin

High-speed betting machines on which punters can lose thousands of pounds in minutes will be outlawed in Liverpool, making it the first UK city to first their use.

Read the full article in The Independent i.