Shocking cost of social harm from gambling revealed with Glasgow on £35m slot machine loser

Posted on January 14, 2018 by admin

Glasgow is the UK city worst-affected by high-stakes slot machines, a new report has revealed.

Addiction to fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) costs the UK about £1.5billion in punters’ health issues, financial difficulties, relationship problems and crime, according to the study.

Read the full story in The Scottish Daily Record.

Gambling addicts still hooked on machines as bookies fail to enforce scheme

Posted on December 17, 2017 by admin

A government scheme that is meant to allow staff at betting shops to bar problem gamblers has drawn fresh criticism after an investigation found that addicts are still being allowed to bet.

An undercover reporter posing as a known problem gambler who should have been ejected from bookmakers when attempting to use fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) was asked to leave only two out of 21 betting shops.

Read the full story in The Guardian.

‘The £100 spin is deadly’ TV writer and ex-gambler calls for ban on highly addictive slot machines

Posted on December 3, 2017 by admin

Jimmy McGovern has written BBC drama series Broken which explores the troubles of gambling addiction – and the scriptwriter says he wants slot machines banned.

Read the full story in The Daily Record.

The Gambling Commission holds a ‘Raising Standards’ Conference

Posted on November 30, 2017 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling asks questions about the Gambling Commission and the ongoing consultation into the gambling sector. (more…)

The FOBT Group in action, a Judicial Review, Northern Ireland illegality, the secret KMPG report and more

Posted on November 24, 2017 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling writes following a meeting of the APPG for Fixed Odds Betting Terminals and provides an update of the Campaign’s activities.


Bookmaker arrested as part of probe into whether fixed odds betting terminals breach north’s gambling laws

Posted on November 23, 2017 by admin

A bookmaker has been arrested as part of a police investigation into whether fixed odds betting terminals breach the north’s gambling laws.

There are understood to be around 600 such terminals in Northern Ireland, with the six major bookmakers offering the service in their shops.

Read the full story in The Irish News.

Bookmaker arrest in gambling law probe

Posted on November 22, 2017 by admin

A bookmaker has been arrest after a PSNI investigation into whether fixed odds betting terminals are in breach of Northern Ireland gambling laws.

A file has been sent to the Public Prosecution Service which will decide if the bookmaker will be charged.

Read the full story on BBC Northern Ireland.

BBC One Spotlight – The High Stakes Game

Posted on November 21, 2017 by admin

Joined by Campaign founder Derek Webb, Conor Spackman investigates the controversy around fixed odds betting terminals, which have been dubbed the ‘crack cocaine of gambling’.

You can watch the programme back on BBC iPlayer here.

Fixed-odds bets: ‘crack cocaine of gambling’ under scrutiny

Posted on November 2, 2017 by admin

Is this the end of the glory days of the fixed-odds betting terminals?

Following a year-long government inquiry, the machines – which currently allow players to bet up to £300 per minute on casino-style games – may see their maximum stake slashed from £100 per play to as little as £2.

Read the full story in The Week.

Fixed-odds machines left me a broken man, says ex-gambling addict

Posted on November 1, 2017 by admin

A former addict of fixed-odds betting terminals has said the machines left him a “broken man”.

Read the full story in The Sunday Herald.