Posted on April 10, 2013 by admin

A consultation on highly addictive betting machines, known as the ‘crack cocaine of gambling’, ends today.

The machines have flourished in high street betting shops following Labour’s liberalisation of gambling laws.

Many critics say the machines are a key factor in the explosion in problem gamblers, particularly among the poor.

Read the full story on The Christian Institute online.

Boom in bookies may be about to end with threat of jackpot cap on slot machines described as ‘crack cocaine of gambling’

Posted on April 8, 2013 by admin

The Grand National may be Britain’s most popular flutter, but the boom in bookies may be about to end at the next hurdle with the threat of a jackpot cap on slot machines described as the ‘crack cocaine of gambling’.

The B2 fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) allow gamblers to stake high sums of cash for the chance of big prizes.

But a Government consultation due to close on Tuesday is threatening to cap prizes at £100 instead of the current £500.

Supporters of the cap say it will help to stem the tide of problem gambling.

Read the full story on This is Money online.

Not since the 1980s have our leaders so cruelly bullied the poor

Posted on March 14, 2013 by admin

If only Cristina de Kirchner of Argentina had the wit to ignore the islanders’ plebiscite and take the Falklands by force, we could really start to party like it’s 1982.

The sense of déjà vu is quite strong enough as it is, with a deeply disliked Tory-led administration increasingly riven by internecine scraps; an unpopular Prime Minister insisting there is no alternative; and now the Christian soldiers of Anglicanism marching as to war with a cruel and callous Government. Lob an insanely archaic South Atlantic conflict into the pot, and the back-to-the-future stink would make you gag.

Read full story on The Independent online

Mail Online: …footballer took £12,000 to feed gambling habit

Posted on March 13, 2013 by admin

After a fairytale proposal, Lacey Maclean couldn’t wait to tell the world her good news.

‘Most perfect moment ever … Can’t wait to be Mrs Newby’, the 23-year-old wrote on Twitter, posting a photograph of her footballer fiance Kris Newby down on one knee.

Two months on, she took to the social networking site again – with some rather different news.

Read full story on the Mail Online

Geofutures maps fixed-odds betting terminals

Posted on March 13, 2013 by admin

Geofutures are pleased with their latest embedded searchable map, this time in a campaigning website. The map on the homepage of allows users to see the number of high-stakes betting machines (fixed-odds betting terminals, or FOBTs) in high street bookmakers in their local constituency.

The search results also reveal industry average details about the money being made by these lucrative machines, which are causing concerns about potential harm to problem gamblers. Stop the FOBTs is a key project for the Campaign for Fairer Gambling.

Read the full story on Geofutures 

Gambling crackdown: 4 bookies, 16 bandit machines in just 200 yards in Glasgow’s east end

Posted on March 11, 2013 by admin

DUKE Street in Glasgow is rife with betting shops and now politicians want a ban on the opening of new bookies to halt an epidemic of gambling machines.

GLASGOW’S Duke Street runs through an area hit hard by unemployment and poverty.

But one industry is thriving in the neighbourhood – the betting shop.

Duke Street has four bookies within just 200m of each other – at numbers 390, 472, 559 and 581.

Meanwhile two senior SNP and Labour politicians have called for a ban on the opening of new bookmakers to stop what they claim is an epidemic of gambling machines.

They want Scotland to follow the lead of an English council to reject applications for new betting shops.

Read the full story in the Daily Record online. 

Councils try to block spread of betting shops in poor areas

Posted on March 4, 2013 by admin

Local authorities are attempting to block the spread of betting shops in poorer areas, arguing that bookmakers have deliberately targeted deprived regions and blighted high streets with premises used primarily for gaming rather than gambling.

In a test case, Newham council in east London dismissed an application for a new Paddy Power betting shop on the grounds that it would make more money from gaming machines than from traditional betting on horses and sports results.

The local authority said this meant the application did not meet the licensing conditions of 2005 Gambling Act – the first time such a power has been exercised.

Read the full story in the Guardian online. 


Tottenham MP endorses new campaign to ‘Stop the FOBTs’

Posted on February 22, 2013 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling officially launched its “Stop the FOBTs” in Westminster last week. This latest campaign is, it claims, already gathering public and political support. Hosting the event was Labour MP David Lammy, whose constituency in Tottenham has seen a surge in betting shops and FOBTs – a situation many more MPs and local authorities across the UK are reporting.

Read full Coinslot International article here

Seaside resort is not amused at spend on betting

Posted on February 22, 2013 by admin

The North Yorkshire coastal resort of Scarborough – usually recognised for its seaside charm and traditional amusements – has become another statistic in the long-running campaign against betting shops. According to the Fairer Gambling Campaign, the town’s residents poured nearly £61m into FOBTs in nine book-makers, which are all located withing a one-mile radius. To read the read story from Coinslot International click here.

Derek Webb expresses the impact of FOBTs on BBC Sunday Politics show

Posted on February 18, 2013 by admin

Watch Derek Webb, the founder of the Stop the FOBTs campaign and its wider initiative, the Campaign for Fairer Gambling, on the BBC’s Sunday Politics Show (40mins in). (more…)