Gambling Addiction

Paddy Power admits it told staff to encourage a possible gambling addict to keep gambling

Posted on March 1, 2016 by admin

Paddy Power has agreed to pay £280,000 to good causes after a Gambling Commission investigation found serious failings in its anti-money laundering and social responsibility processes.

The investigation found that Paddy Power failed to prevent a vulnerable customer, called Customer A, from being exploited by gambling.

Read the full story in the Independent

Paddy Power ‘encouraged gambler until he lost his home, jobs and family’

Posted on March 1, 2016 by admin

Bookmaker Paddy Power encouraged a problem gambler to keep betting until he lost five jobs, his home and access to his children, according to a report by the Gambling Commission.

The company also failed to perform sufficient checks to ensure customers were not using its betting machines to launder the proceeds of crime. The betting regulator said Paddy Power would make a voluntary payment of £280,000 to a “socially responsible” cause following its findings.

Read the full story in the Guardian.

Paddy Power encouraged gambler to bet on FOBTs until he lost jobs, home and access to children

Posted on March 1, 2016 by admin

Paddy Power has said it will donate £280,000 to socially responsible causes after an investigation criticised it for failing to control money laundering at its stores and exploiting one suspected gambling addict until he lost his job, home and access to his children. The Gambling Commission identified a “number of serious failings” from the Irish betting company in relation to how it dealt with three customers, one of who was later convicted of criminal offences.

Read the full story in the International Business Times

‘We didn’t know our son was addicted until he killed himself’

Posted on February 29, 2016 by admin

The father of 27-year old Ryan Myers, who took his own life after getting into debt because of his gambling addiction, has called for fixed-odds betting terminals to be banned “completely”.

Listen again on BBC Radio 4’s Today Show

Dad calls for curbs on gambling following son’s death

Posted on February 25, 2016 by admin

A heartbroken father whose son hanged himself in shame over his gambling debts now wants a crackdown on fixed-odds betting terminals.

John Myers from Liverpool says his son Ryan committed suicide because he felt he had lost control after losing thousands of pounds.

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Gambling addict was bombarded with free bet offers…after hanging himself over thousands of pounds of debt

Posted on February 23, 2016 by admin

A gambling addict hanged himself after getting into thousands of pounds worth of debt — and was still bombarded with offers of free bets after his death.

Carpenter Ryan Myers, 27, took his life hours after losing £500 on a fixed-odds betting machine — described by his devastated dad as the “crack cocaine of gambling”.

Read the full story in The Sun

Tragic gambling addict took his own life after “losing control” and splashing thousands on bets

Posted on February 23, 2016 by admin

The father of a man who hanged himself after building up thousands in gambling debts is calling for a change to fixed-odds betting terminals.

John Myers said he believed his son Ryan committed suicide because he felt he had “lost control” after losing thousands of pounds in May 2014.

Read the full story in the Mirror

Carpenter, 27, who killed himself after ‘losing control’ of his addiction to betting machines was thousands in debt and was still being bombarded with offers of free bets after he died

Posted on February 23, 2016 by admin

A 27-year-old gambling addict who hanged himself after getting into thousands of pounds worth of debt was still getting hounded with promotional messages offering him free bets after he died.

Ryan Myers, a carpenter from Huyton, Liverpool, took his own life because he felt he had ‘lost control’ and was ashamed of his debt after losing thousands of pounds on betting machines.

Read the full story in the Daily Mail

Mesmerising horror of watching a middle-class accountant lose £3,000 in an hour on crack cocaine gambling machines

Posted on February 23, 2016 by admin

Perched on a high-backed stool, a tall man with mousey blond hair sits hunched over a blinking screen, his face twisted in concentration.

The William Hill betting shop around the corner from Victoria station in Central London is alive with noise, but Harry is in a world of his own, mesmerised by the flashing screen, his fingers frantically tapping out bets on a sea of digitised green ‘felt’.

Read his full story in the Daily Mail

Britain’s leading gambling charity at centre of conflict of interest claims

Posted on February 23, 2016 by admin

Britain’s leading gambling charity has been accused of a conflict of interest after the husband of a senior executive was awarded a lucrative research contract, The Independent can reveal.

The Responsible Gambling Trust (RGT), which is funded by bookmakers to the tune of about £5m a year, is already facing claims it is too close to the gambling industry.

Read the full story in the Independent