Fixed Odds Betting Terminals

Watch the trailer for tonight’s Panorama programme

Posted on November 5, 2012 by admin

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.

Matt Zarb-Cousin joins Campaign for Fairer Gambling

Posted on September 13, 2012 by admin

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”.


FOBT stakes reduction plans welcomed

Posted on September 5, 2012 by admin

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.

Association of British Bookmakers research 2006

Posted on September 1, 2012 by admin

In 2006 the Association of British Bookmakers undertook research into Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs). The findings of the research can be found below:

Report summary (section 1)

Responses to the initial report

A second report

Coverage in Coinslot magazine

Posted on August 29, 2012 by admin

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….


Britain’s High Street Gamble: Dispatches

Posted on August 6, 2012 by admin

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.