Tonight’s Panorama “Gambling Nation” takes a look at the darker side of the betting industry and focuses on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs), their rise in popularity and how these machines are causing crime and disorder in betting shops. Watch the trailer here and tune in tonight at 8.30pm on BBC1 to hear the full story.
Fixed Odds Betting Terminals
The Campaign for Fairer Gambling has retained Matt Zarb-Cousin to help get its message out.
Matt, whose previous roles have included a researcher in the House of Commons, will work on the Campaign with founder Derek Webb to highlight the issues surrounding “FOBTs” (fixed odds betting terminals), also known as B2 machines – the machines found offering roulette in high street betting shops. These machines were introduced when the betting shop sector was unregulated and then legitimised by the Labour Party in the 2005 Gambling Act. They have since multiplied to such an extent that they have been dubbed the “crack cocaine of gambling”.
Following the Lib Dem announcement regarding the proposed reduction in stakes on FOBTs, Intergame ran our response, welcoming the plans and reinforcing the recommendations we have been campaigning for. Read the story online here.
We’ve also had coverage in the Coinslot magazine recently – the campaign is featured on both the front cover and page 5 of the latest issue….
An insightful programme from Michael Crick and Channel 4’s Dispatches team on Monday 6th August, echoing many of the sentiments we have been trying to highlight for some time. Watch it on 4OD here.