Anger over Government ‘failure’ to tackle addictive gaming machines

Posted on August 13, 2013 by admin

Addiction experts have branded them “the crack-cocaine of gambling”.

Fixed Odds Betting Terminals invite gamblers to bet up to £100 every 20 seconds.

Medway Council says strict restrictions on maximum stakes are urgently needed, but the Government doesn’t agree. John Ryall spoke to former gambling addict Matt Zarb-Cousin and Medway Council Labour Group Leader Vince Maple.

Watch the full video on ITV Meridian News online.

Clampdown on the ‘crack cocaine’ gaming machines: Payouts to be capped and punters told how much they are losing

Posted on August 9, 2013 by admin

Slot machines dubbed the ‘crack cocaine’ of the  gambling world are to have their payouts capped for three years under plans to clamp down on ‘Wild West’ betting practices.

The Mail has learned that a government review will  conclude that until at least 2016 bookmakers cannot put up the stakes or the prizes on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs), where punters can place bets of  up to £100 a turn.

High street bookies have also been told to draw up a code of  conduct for the casino-style machines which will allow customers to set a limit on how much they are prepared to lose.

Read the full article on The Daily Mail online.

£3.1 billion gambled on betting shop roulette machines across Yorkshire

Posted on August 8, 2013 by admin

The latest estimates of gambling on betting shop roulette machines, released by the Campaign for Fairer Gambling, show that across the Yorkshire region over £3.1 billion was gambled on them. With over 771 betting shops and 2,819 roulette machines Yorkshire is estimated to have contributed £106 million to the betting industry’s £1.5 billion profits from the machines, which have been described as the most addictive gambling product in the UK.

The continuing controversy over the bookmakers’ roulette machines which are currently being reviewed by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, has resulted in Members of Parliament across the country calling for action, including Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman who has said: Walking the streets of any town or city in the UK you can’t help but be struck by the prevalence of betting shops on our High Streets. What is less striking to the unfamiliar eye is the proliferation of gaming machines within these shops over the past ten years.

MP Hilary Benn’s Leeds Central constituency tops the Yorkshire region with an estimated £143 million gambled whilst Julian Sturdy MP’s York Outer, with only two betting shops, sees just £8 million gambled on the highly contentious machines.


Scotland: Addictive gambling machines rake in £4.4 billion

Posted on August 6, 2013 by admin

Gamblers in Scotland staked £4.4 billion on high stake machines last year, a rise of over £100 million according to new figures.

The amount of money gambled on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs), dubbed the “crack cocaine of gambling”, rose by £176 million. The money staked on the terminals equates to £1,057 per adult in the country.

The statistics came from betting industry data, and were produced by the Campaign for Fairer Gambling. The group warned of a “toxic economy” developing and called for the Government to act.

FOBTs allow people to bet money on virtual versions of games like blackjack and roulette.

Read the full article on The Christian Institute online.

Addicted to gambling: The high street with 18 betting shops

Posted on August 1, 2013 by admin

Reporter Gavin Ramjaun looks at a growing trend on the UK’s high streets – the proliferation of betting shops. He visits the London borough of Newham where the trend is rife, and chats to ex-gambling addicts and charity workers as well as the Association of British Bookmakers to find out more.

Watch the full video on Yahoo online.

Watch the latest feature on gaming machines from Al Jazeera

Posted on July 31, 2013 by admin

Watch the latest feature on gaming machines from Al Jazeera with Matt Zarb- Cousin online.

Don’t ignore safety of betting shop staff

Posted on July 31, 2013 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling is running the ‘Stop the FOBTs‘ campaign which seeks to restrict the odds on fixed odds betting terminals.

A recent article by Andrew Lyman of William Hill and published by Central Lobby, “Part Truths and Scaremongering“, is riddled with inaccuracies criticising the Campaign for Fairer Gambling. It referred to our letter to MPs on the subject of betting shop staff safety, a letter that was forwarded to industry representatives by Philip Davies MP – someone who has previously been investigated for his links to the betting industry.

The article essentially ignores the very serious content of our letter supporting David Lammy’s Early Day Motion, and which calls for an end to lone staffing in betting shops.

Read the full article on Central Lobby online.

High Stakes Battle for High Street Bookies

Posted on July 31, 2013 by admin

Bookmakers across Britain are joining forces to combat the scourge of problem gambling, or so the script goes at least. The formation of the P3 Group is seen by more cynical observers as just the latest, desperate attempt by the bookies to stave off a growing avalanche of pressure to better police the gambling industry.

Unsurprisingly, bookmakers believe that self-regulation is the best way forward, in line with trade groups of every bent who put the pursuit of profits above all else when it comes to their modus operandi. Just as unsurprising is the abject failure of self-regulation in all manner of business models, from Libor to health trusts to energy pricing and beyond – yet politicians still appear blasé about the perils of such a stance, an approach which has already had catastrophic effects in the world of gambling.

Read the full article on the Huffington Post online.

Rise In Scottish Fixed Betting Terminals Gambling

Posted on July 31, 2013 by admin

According to recent numbers revealed in a survey done on the Scottish gambling market, £4.4 billion was staked on casino style fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) at bookmakers in Scotland last year.

This was £176 million more than was spent the year before on these machines, it has been claimed.

The figures showed that Scottish players wagered the £4.4 billion between October 2011 and September 2012, and that £149 million was lost on the machines.

Read the full article on Gambling Kingz online.

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.