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…)

Betting terminals ‘being used to make huge profits from vulnerable people’

Posted on February 12, 2013 by admin

Fairer Gambling campaign says bookmakers made £1.4bn in a year from high-speed, high-stakes machines.

For a man whose fortune was made in poker games and casinos, Derek Webb admits he was a late starter when it came to developing a conscience about the social cost of gambling. A multimillionaire from Derby, who now lives mostly in an apartment in a Las Vegas luxury hotel, the 60-year-old made a living for 25 years exploiting weaker players across the green baize of a poker table. (more…)

Stop the FOBTs officially launches at Westminster

Posted on February 12, 2013 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer gambling officially launched “Stop the FOBTs” in Westminster yesterday – its latest Campaign which is already gathering public and political support.

The Campaign to stop the proliferation of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) on UK’s high streets has been in the media spotlight since the beginning of the year. MPs from all political parties gathered at the launch at the House of Commons to show support to the new, grassroots Campaign to be organized across the UK. (more…)

Campaign calls for Gambling Commission to act on FOBTs

Posted on January 23, 2013 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling has welcomed the Government’s rejection of the select committee’s recommendation to ease restrictions on FOBTs and the Government’s inclusion of FOBTs in the upcoming Triennial Review of stakes and prizes.  However, it calls for the Gambling Commission to take action by temporarily restricting new licence applications and curbing bookmakers advertising of the gaming machines. (more…)