Gambling Addiction

Glasgow pays higher price for its addiction to gambling machines

Posted on February 14, 2018 by admin

Glasgow is losing more to fixed-odds betting terminals than any other council area in the country, according to research.

The machines, dubbed the crack cocaine of gambling, are costing Scotland’s largest city £27 million a year in lost money, health expenses and job problems associated with addiction to the terminals.

Read the full story in The Times.

Sexism, virtual reality and tax avoidance: What I saw at the ICE gambling

Posted on February 9, 2018 by admin

Matt Zarb-Cousin writes for the Independent:

“Despite instructions from the Gambling Commission to ‘root out the sexism’, promo girls were paraded round exhibition booths by an industry entirely detached from societal norms. This isn’t a sector used to being told what to do.”

Read the full piece in The Independent.

Watchdog eyes casino ads that lure children

Posted on January 28, 2018 by admin

Gambling companies that sponsor some of Britain’s biggest football clubs face investigation for promotion cartoon casino games.

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) is to examine whether cartoon games on gambling websites, such as the Fairytale Legends series and Santa Paws, target children. The Campaign for Fairer Gambling submitted a complaint to the authority last week.

Read the full story in The Times.

Fixed-odds betting terminals: ‘It’s a silent addiction but at its worst it takes lives’

Posted on January 22, 2018 by admin

With a government consultation ending on Tuesday, The Guardian hears from those most affected by FOBTs.

Martin Paterson knows just how dangerous compulsive gambling can be. As a former FOBT addict he “ended up going crazy” using the machines.

Read the full story in The Guardian.

Maximum stake on ‘crack-cocaine’ betting terminals ‘will be slashed to £2 after new Culture Secretary rules they are social blight’

Posted on January 21, 2018 by admin

The maximum stake which can be bet on so-called ‘crack cocaine’ fixed-odds betting terminals will be slashed to £2, it has been reported.

The new Culture Secretary Matt Hancock is said to have come down in favour of the decision after deciding the machines are a ‘social blight’.

Read the full story in The Daily Mail.

Reducing gambling harm

Posted on January 18, 2018 by admin

Derek Webb, founder and funder of the Campaign for Fairer Gambling and Stop the FOBTs responds to a recent PR Week UK article.


Bid to rein in child betting games on net

Posted on January 14, 2018 by admin

The children’s commissioner is demanding a crackdown on online games that simulate betting amid fears that they will hook the next generation of problem gamblers.

Anne Longfield says the games, widely available on smartphones and tablets, encourage the “worst kinds of addictive behaviour” by introducing young people to the excitement and rewards of gambling even when they are not playing with real money.

Read the full story in The Times.

Shocking cost of social harm from gambling revealed with Glasgow on £35m slot machine loser

Posted on January 14, 2018 by admin

Glasgow is the UK city worst-affected by high-stakes slot machines, a new report has revealed.

Addiction to fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) costs the UK about £1.5billion in punters’ health issues, financial difficulties, relationship problems and crime, according to the study.

Read the full story in The Scottish Daily Record.

FOBT supplier behind gambling apps on Facebook accessible to children

Posted on January 4, 2018 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling comments on a news story about gambling type apps appearing on social media, which raised concerns that children are being exposed to ‘a risk of addiction’. (more…)

Gambling-style apps offered on Facebook without age checks

Posted on December 27, 2017 by admin

The company behind thousands of the UK’s fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) is offering gambling-style apps on Facebook without age checks, prompting allegations that children are being exposed to the risk of addiction.

Earlier this month, the industry watchdog warned that more than 60,000 children were either gambling addicts or were in danger of becoming hooked. Experts have warned that games mimicking real-life gambling are the “number one risk factor” for developing a problem later in life.

Read the full story in The Guardian.