Gambling Addiction

Dear MPs – please sign EDM 61

Posted on June 15, 2016 by admin


The Campaign for Fairer Gambling calls on MPs to sign an Early Day Motion calling on the Government to further regulate fixed odds betting terminals. (more…)

BBC 2’s Victoria Derbyshire Show

Posted on June 14, 2016 by admin

Victoria Derbyshire explains the rise of FOBTs on UK high streets and the damaging effects of FOBT addiction.

Watch again on BBC iPlayer at 43 mins

Punters ‘bribed’ on ‘crack cocaine’ gambling machines: Betting shop staff say they are told to offer perks to customers to encourage them to keep playing

Posted on June 14, 2016 by admin

Betting shop staff claim they are being told to offer gamblers perks to keep them playing on ‘crack cocaine’ betting machines.

High street betting shops are raking in millions of pounds from the machines where people can lose £100 on the spin of a wheel.

One ex-manager said he was instructed to offer free bets and drinks to machine addicts.

Read the full story in the Daily Mail 

Bad news for bookies

Posted on June 13, 2016 by admin

Unwelcome news for the UK bookmakers and fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) came through a BBC investigation that was aired on television today.

The programme asserts that betting shop staff are being told to offer players perks and incentives to keep playing on the machines.

An ex-manager of a Coral betting office said he was instructed to offer free drinks and free bets to players if they keep playing. The report was backed by statements from other still-working betting shop managers who said that they were being placed under pressure to meet financial targets on the machines.

Read the full story on the InterGame website

​​Inside the NHS’s only specialist gambling clinic

Posted on June 7, 2016 by admin

The Friday morning discussion of new referrals to the National Problem Gambling clinic provides a sharp picture of why pathological gambling is such a catastrophe for those who become addicted and their families. Medical staff gather in an airy upstairs room of the Fulham, south-west London clinic and take an hour to fill each other in on the profiles of their new referrals.

Read the full story in the Guardian 

MPs back campaign against betting machines dubbed ‘the crack cocaine of gambling’

Posted on June 1, 2016 by admin

A powerful group of cross-party MPs has backed the Sunday People ’s campaign against fixed odds betting machines (FOBTs).

The new All Party group on FOBTs has been set up to investigate the effects of the machines – dubbed the ‘crack cocaine’ of gambling.

Read the full story in The Mirror

The bookies, FOBT clowns and the missing elephant

Posted on May 19, 2016 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling calls on the Government to complete the promised Triennial Review of gambling machine stakes and prizes. (more…)

Ladbrokes staff raped and killed as firm saves millions of pounds by forcing staff to work alone

Posted on May 19, 2016 by admin

A whistleblower accused the betting firm of ‘putting profits ahead of health and safety’, with staff forced to work alone in the evening.

Betting firm Ladbrokes has been accused of putting “profits before lives” after one lone worker was killed and a second was raped.

Dad-of-three Andrew Iocovou was battered to death by a gambler who lost money on its fixed-odds betting terminals a day earlier.

Read the full story in the Mirror

Government nets £670million a YEAR from “crack cocaine of gambling” machines

Posted on May 19, 2016 by admin

Campaigners fear the Chancellor is resisting demands to curb fixed odds betting terminals as they generate so much money for the Treasury.

George Osborne has been accused of dodging a clampdown on betting machines after figures revealed they net the taxman nearly £13million a week.

Machine games duty pumps almost £670million a year into Treasury coffers, with fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) thought to account for the bulk of the cash.

Read the full story in the Mirror

Statistics and PR guff – how the bookies manipulate FOBT evidence

Posted on May 13, 2016 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling calls into question analysis and research into the impact FOBTs have on the lives of problem gamblers. (more…)