Labour ramps up the pressure on FOBTs as Paddy Power breaks ranks

Posted on October 4, 2017 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling sets out the on-going debate over fixed odds betting terminals following announcements at the Labour conference. (more…)

Duo behind the multimillion hit facing British bookmakers

Posted on September 30, 2017 by admin

Derek Webb and Matt Zarb-Cousin are not sure who came up with the attack line that has got them within striking distance of a major victory against Britain’s bookmakers.

Mr Webb, 67, is a former professional poker player who made a multimillion pound fortune as a casino game inventor. Mr Zarb-Cousin, 27, is an ex-gambling addict and former spin-doctor for Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour party’s leftwing leader.

Read the full story in The Financial Times.

Ladbrokes under investigation over gambler’s payday loans claim

Posted on September 29, 2017 by admin

Ladbrokes is being investigated by the Gambling Commission over an allegation that staff watched a gambling addict take out payday loands to fund hundreds of pounds of bets on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs).

The claim, which comes as the government considers whether to slash the £100 maximum stake on the machines, drew fire from Labour and problem gamblers.

Read the full story in The Guardian.

‘He’s sweating and rubbing his nose. Within minutes, he’s lost £400 on the machines

Posted on September 17, 2017 by admin

With a crackdown on fixed-odds betting terminals on the way, reporter Jamie Doward spent the day at the bookies and discovered the true extent of the problem.

Read the full piece in The Guardian.

£13million lost to fixed odds betting terminals in South Lanarkshire in just one year

Posted on September 15, 2017 by admin

People across South Lanarkshire lost £13million in betting machines known as the ‘crack cocaine of gambling’ in just one year.

Figures, released by the Campaign for Fairer Gambling, show the cash was spent at fixed odds betting terminals in the county in the 2015/16 financial year.

Read the full story in The Daily Record.

North Lanarkshire gamblers lost nearly £100m on machines in last eight years

Posted on September 14, 2017 by admin

Alex Neil is calling for action to tackle “toxic” fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) after new figures showed North Lanarkshire gamblers have lost nearly £90 million on the machines in the past eight years – including more than £13m in 2015-2016 alone.

Read the full story in The Daily Record.

You might be limited to a £2 gamble on betting machines at the bookies very soon

Posted on September 13, 2017 by admin

If you fancy a flutter on the betting machine at your local bookies then you might not be able to gamble more than £2.

Those who like a flutter on machines in bookies up and down the country can currently stake as much as £100 a time, every 20 seconds. But a limit could soon be applied after the Chancellor Phillip Hammond dropped his opposition to the plans to reduce the betting amount to £2.

Read the full story in The Sun.

Treasury backs down on fixed-dds betting curbs

Posted on September 12, 2017 by admin

Fixed-odds betting terminals – described as the “crack cocaine of gambling” – will be subject to new curbs after Philip Hammond dropped his opposition to limiting their maximum stake, The Times can reveal.

The issue has caused divisions in Whitehall, with the Treasury resisting proposals by the Department for Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS) to cut the maximum stake because they would cost £400 million a year in lost tax revenues.

Read the full story in The Times.

New curbs planned for high-stakes gaming machines

Posted on September 12, 2017 by admin

Ministers are poised to bring in new curbs on gaming machines after the Treasury dropped its objections to a crackdown.

The Government is looking at limiting the stakes on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) – dubbed the crack cocaine of gambling.

Read the full story in The Daily Mirror.

Campaign Spokesman discusses FOBTs on talkRADIO

Posted on September 9, 2017 by admin

Campaign Spokesman Matt Zarb-Cousin speaks to talkRADIO about gambling addiction, FOBTs and the fight to reduce the maximum stake.

Listen back to the piece on talkRADIO.