Fixed Odds Betting Terminals

Financial Times letter: “Raising the stakes to limit ‘addictive’ betting terminals”

Posted on September 23, 2013 by admin

From Mr Derek Webb.

Sir, As campaigners against fixed odds betting terminals (FoBTs), we are very concerned to read comments by the Responsible Gambling Trust (“Academics to study online betting risks”, September 17). The RGT is not independent, it is industry-funded and the majority of trustees appear to be industry representatives or persons who support industry positions.

Their current research is not specific to FoBTs, but into all “category B” machines in any premises. RGT members have already expressed the delusional position that problem gambling is neither induced by the gambling activity, its marketing nor its accessibility.

Read the full letter on the Financial Times online here. (Please note registration required)

LGiU: Betting shops are a growing problem, so let’s work together to solve it

Posted on September 20, 2013 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling writes for LGiU on the growing problem of betting shops on our high streets

The high speed, high stakes casino gaming machines in betting shops now constantly in the news have been described as “the crack cocaine of gambling”, and evidence suggests they are the most addictive form of gambling in the UK. It is these gaming machines, more commonly known as Fixed Odd Betting Terminals (FOBTs) that are driving the clustering and proliferation of betting shops on our high streets.

Each betting shop is limited to four FOBTs, but they are so profitable that bookmakers can now afford to open multiple outlets on prime, high street locations in an attempt to maximize the number of machines. This is also contributing to higher rents and pricing many other local businesses off the high street. Whilst the number of betting shops has increased since 2005 by around 600, it is the relocation of tertiary shops to high streets that is compounding the problem for local authorities whose powers to curb their proliferation are restricted.

Read the full article on LGiU online.

Former gambling addict Matt Zarb-Cousin shares his experience with Daybreak

Posted on September 19, 2013 by admin

ITV breakfast programme Daybreak looks into the impact of high street betting shops and FOBT addiction following a successful Lib Dem motion to give Local Authorities more control over new applications. Watch Campaign Consultant Matt Zarb-Cousin discuss his experience with FOBT addiction online here.

EuroSlot: No FOBTs for Ireland

Posted on September 18, 2013 by admin

The summer of 2013 will be remembered in gaming terms as the one where the Irish government announced big changes to gaming legislation; the main focus of this would be legalising casinos and setting in place the infrastructure to make it happen. Another part of the announcement, however, was that the country was banning the much-maligned Fixed Odds Betting Terminal, or FOBT.

Read the full article on EuroSlot online pages 27-28.

Lib Dem conference: Call for curbs on bookies spreading

Posted on September 18, 2013 by admin

The Lib Dems have backed a call to give councils the power to limit the number of betting shops in their area.

The party voted to curb the proliferation of bookmakers they say has been driven by a boom in high stakes roulette machines.

Fixed odds betting terminals are now major source of profits for bookies.

The vote gives local government minister Don Foster, who proposed the motion, a mandate to push for it to become law.

Speaking at the party’s conference in Glasgow, he argued that the growth of betting shops has been driven not by betting on sporting events, like horse racing or football, but by FOBTs, which had turned them into “mini-casinos in the High Streets”.

Read the full article on BBC News online.

The Scourge Of Slots In The UK…

Posted on September 17, 2013 by admin

Israeli newspaper World Crunch reveals full extent of FOBT issue – more so than any UK newspaper to date.

“It only takes 20 seconds for the ball to spin in the roulette wheel. The gambler, a twenty-something man, is sitting on a tall chair holding a wad of cash. The ball stops, and the young man has lost. He bets again, and 20 seconds later has lost again. Within exactly two minutes, he has spent 60 pounds, and walks out of England’s largest casino.”

Read the on full article here.

Derek Webb responds to Sunday Mirror article by Vincent Moss

Posted on September 17, 2013 by admin

Gerry Sutcliffe MP thinks it’s suitable to say that eyebrows will be raised by the Lib Dems’ decision to accept funding from me – even though I have now retired – because I made my money from gambling.

It’s strange how he hasn’t condemned Labour, the party he belongs to, for accepting donations from Neil Goulden; the chair of the Association of British Bookmakers (ABB), the chair of the Responsible Gambling Trust and the Emeritus Chair of Gala Coral. In the last few months, Goulden has given Labour £43,000 and donated £20,000 to Chuka Ummuna’s constituency office.

We are exhibiting at all three party conferences. We will support any sensible proposal by any political party that leads to more sensible gambling regulation.

The intention of exhibiting at all three major party conferences is to educate the audience about Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) – addictive betting shop roulette machines. The Campaign is simply promoting its objectives to reduce the stakes on FOBTs to £2 – bringing them in line with all other British gaming machines – and recommending that high-speed addictive roulette content is removed.


Tory’s conscience clear on betting

Posted on September 16, 2013 by admin

BURY North Conservative MP David Nuttall has hit back over criticisms levelled at him by a prominent gambling regulation campaigner.

Mr Nuttall has been taken to task by Derek Webb, founder of the Campaign for Fairer Gambling, over a question he asked in Parliament earlier this month.

On September 2, Mr Nuttall asked MP Brandon Lewis, secretary of state for communities and local government, how many meetings his Parliamentary under-secretary MP Don Foster had arranged with Mr Webb.

Liberal Democrat Mr Foster had proposed a motion giving more power to councils to deal with the number of betting shops in their borough.

Mr Webb claims Mr Nuttall was acting on behalf of bookmakers and not his constituents when he put this question forward.

Read the full article on Bury Times online.

Download our premises license objection package

Posted on September 13, 2013 by admin

The proliferation of betting shops on our high streets – driven by addictive, high speed, high stake, and high risk “roulette machines” – is resulting in increasing opposition from local Councillors and communities. Even though they are virtually powerless to oppose new betting shops opening, neither through the planning nor the licensing process, more and more people are nonetheless registering their opposition. (more…)

FOBTs still major cause of AWP income loss

Posted on September 13, 2013 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling’s founder Derek Webb shares his views on the current UK gaming landscape, with some strong words on the uneven playing field that coin-op has had to contend with for several years.

Read the full article in Coinslot here.