FOBTs

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.

More than £75million gambled on betting machines in Mortherwell and Wishaw last year

Posted on September 8, 2017 by admin

Punters in the area lost £3.75million last year after more than £14million was put into the fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs). Now MSP Clare Adamson is demanding action over the ‘crack cocaine of gambling’ with many gamblers addicted to the machines, which raked in £78.2million.

Read the full story in The Daily Record.

Government prepares clampdown on fixed-odds betting machines

Posted on September 2, 2017 by admin

The government has signalled that it is preparing to clamp down on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) – the gambling machines described as the “crack cocaine” of the betting world. But the extent to which the machines will be controlled is dividing the Treasury and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Read the full story in The Guardian.

More bad news for the bookies

Posted on August 24, 2017 by admin

With more FOBT media coverage this week, the Campaign for Fairer Gambling makes a second contribution drawing together recent articles on fixed odds betting terminals. (more…)

FOBT crime will prevent a Judicial Review of a £2 maximum stake

Posted on August 21, 2017 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling discusses the implications of recent news stories on bookmakers. (more…)

The Centre for Social Justice supports Fairer Gambling’s objective, and Paddy Power breaks ranks

Posted on August 16, 2017 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling comments on recent media stories on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs). (more…)

Is there a Treasury mission to weaken the Prime Minister?

Posted on August 9, 2017 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling writes that a recent Daily Mail story on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) provides grounds to question the Chancellor, Philip Hammond. (more…)