Significant rise for Scottish FOBTs

Posted on July 30, 2013 by admin

Scottish gamblers staked £4.4bn ($6.65bn/€5.09bn) on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) between October of 2011 and September of 2012, a year-on-year increase of £176m, according to new figures from the Campaign For Fairer Gambling.

The Daily Record newspaper said that £149m of the total amount staked was lost on the casino-style terminals, which allow gamers to bet up to £100 every 20 seconds on roulette, poker and blackjack.

Read the full article on iGaming Business online.

Bookies see £176m rise in cash staked on casino-style terminals dubbed the ‘crack cocaine’ of gambling

Posted on July 29, 2013 by admin

CASH staked on controversial gambling machines in Scottish bookies soared by a staggering £176million last year, a survey claims.

The total amount staked on the casino-type fixed odds betting terminals (FOBT) was an astonishing £4.4billion.

That is the equivalent of £1057 for every adult in the country.

In Ireland, politicians have moved to outlaw the machines, which have been branded the crack cocaine of gambling.

Read the full article in The Daily Record online. 

New FOBT research report

Posted on July 23, 2013 by admin

Newham’s battle to stop the proliferation of betting shops on their high streets is driven not by an anti-gambling motive but a concern at the damage high speed, high stake gaming is having on its community.

To find out more about the levels of gambling taking place in Newham on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs), the Campaign for Fairer Gambling commissioned 2CV to poll betting shop customers across the borough.

To view the complete results of our polling survey, the most contemporary and insightful analysis of betting shop FOBT players, please click here.

The research was carried out as follows:

  • Face to face interviews were conducted near to betting shops within the London Borough of Newham
  • Respondents were recruited at random upon exiting the betting shops across various locations in Newham and asked about their typical engagement with betting shop services
  • Respondents were asked to participate in a seven minute survey containing questions on the awareness and usage of betting shop services, with a focus on FOBTs
  • Fieldwork was conducted between 24th May and 3rd June 2013
  • 501 interviews were conducted in total

Betting shops the death of the high street: your views

Posted on July 22, 2013 by admin

Two of our members explain why the proliferation of betting shops damages local employment and retail prospects.

We published an article by Neil Goulden, chair of the Association of British Bookmakers, in which he argued that betting shops are not the cause of problems on the high street but the solution. A lot of you responded to this piece and here are comments from two of our members, arguing that the proliferation of betting shops needs to be controlled.

Read the full article in The Guardian online.

Minister Shatter publishes General Scheme of the Gambling Control Bill 2013

Posted on July 19, 2013 by admin

Alan Shatter TD, Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence has announced that the Government has approved the General Scheme of the Gambling Control Bill 2013. Work will now get underway on completing the drafting of the Bill.

The Gambling Control Bill 2013 presents a unique opportunity to update the law in this area and to provide for a comprehensive new licensing and regulatory framework for gambling.

Read the full article on the Department of Justice and Equality online.

Ministers delay action on gambling machines

Posted on July 19, 2013 by admin

Read the full article in The Malaysia Sun online.

Ministers delay action on gambling machines

Posted on July 18, 2013 by admin

The government is backing off from tighter regulations on high-speed, high-stakes gambling machines despite international moves to ban the terminals, campaigners have said .

This week the Irish government moved to outlaw fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) because of the “level of concern felt by the government at the very harmful effects of [them]” but in the UK ministers say they will not act for at least another year until research into whether the machines are addictive is completed. The research is being carried out by the Responsible Gaming Trust, a charity partly funded by the gambling industry.

Read the full article in The Guardian online.

Another misleading statement by bookmakers’ trade association

Posted on July 11, 2013 by admin

The Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) recently issued a statement in response to Newham Council’s court battle with Paddy Power over a betting shop license application, but it’s riddled with flaws.

The statement claims that there is “no evidence that betting shops fail to protect vulnerable people”. But the 2005 Gambling Act objective of prevention of harm to young and vulnerable persons was not even considered in the Newham case, so this is a very misleading comment by the ABB. (more…)

Campaign for Fairer Gambling backs calls to end lone staffing in betting shops

Posted on July 3, 2013 by admin

An old friend of mine wrote in a letter to Gordon Brown in 2008 that “Betting shops have now become the target of choice for both organised armed gangs and localised anti-social behaviour. The introduction of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals has seen a rise in problem gambling which manifests itself in physical attacks on betting shop staff”.” That old friend was Ian McCartney, former Member of Parliament for Makerfield and a Cabinet Minister. He was proposing, along with betting shop union Communities, to get the national bookmakers to provide better working conditions and protection for their shop workers. The cause of the decline in their conditions of work and the increase in violence toward shop staff was pinpointed in his letter as Fixed Odds Betting Terminals. (more…)

Campaign for Fairer Gambling – Latest shocking research into Fixed Odds Betting Terminals

Posted on July 1, 2013 by admin

Campaign for Fairer Gambling – Fixed Odds Betting Terminal Research – 7th June 2013

Campaign for Fairer Gambling have commissioned a survey by 2CV Research Ltd with 501 betting shop customers in Newham where PaddyPower recently defeated the Council’s licensing committee decision to refuse on application for a FOBT/bookmakers on appeal in court.

Read the full blog from MP Graham Jones online.