Gambling Addiction

‘Crack cocaine’ gambling machines make £1,000 a week: Profits on fixed odds terminals said to have rocketed in the past year

Posted on January 27, 2016 by admin

Profits on highly addictive gambling machines have rocketed over the past year, it emerged yesterday. 

Fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) have caused untold misery by allowing users to stake £100 a time on games including roulette and poker.

They are so addictive they have become known as the ‘crack cocaine’ of gambling.

Read more in the Daily Mail

We DID get it wrong on crack cocaine gambling machines, admits Tessa Jowell

Posted on January 27, 2016 by admin

Labour’s former culture secretary has admitted that her reforms led to a free-for-all of ‘crack cocaine’ gambling machines on high streets.

Tessa Jowell was in post when fixed-odds betting terminals were introduced in 2001, and four years later she brought in laws to regulate them.

The terminals allow users to stake £100 a time on games including blackjack, roulette and poker. They are so addictive they have become known as the ‘crack cocaine’ of gambling.

Read more in the Daily Mail

Tories must rage against the betting machine

Posted on January 25, 2016 by admin

An opinion piece from David Cameron’s former speech writer, Clare Foges.

If Cameron wants to help gambling addicts he has to curb a free market that is wreaking havoc.

At a long-ago Davos gathering, David Cameron said this about the modern Conservative party and its relationship to the free market: “If markets, and capitalism, and the activities of individual businesses conflict with our vision of the good society… we must not sit there and take it, going along with the old orthodoxy that nothing should be allowed to impede the pursuit of profit. We must speak out.”

I remembered those words last week when reading of a case in Snaresbrook crown court. A 71-year-old man pleaded guilty to damaging seven fixed-odds betting terminals (or FOBTs) with a kitchen knife.

Read the full article in The Times

The Crack Cocaine of Gambling

Posted on January 21, 2016 by admin

Afshin Rattansi goes underground on DAVOS and discusses gambling and the week’s news.

Wimbledon may be rigged by gambling syndicates, but why is David Cameron continuing to encourage Britain’s most vulnerable to bet their social security away? Afshin Rattansi speaks to Labour MP Carolyn Harris to hear her views on FOBTs.

Watch again on (at 19 mins 15 secs)

Matt Zarb-Cousin appears on Sunday Politics South East

Posted on January 18, 2016 by admin

Campaign Consultant Matt Zarb-Cousin discusses the impact of gambling addiction and FOBTs on the Sunday Politics Show.

Watch the full interview on BBC iPlayer (at 51 mins 25 seconds)

Chair of leading UK gambling charity announces retirement

Posted on January 18, 2016 by admin

The chair of the UK’s leading charity that aims to minimise gambling addiction, who also lobbied on behalf of Britain’s bookmakers, has announced his retirement.

Neil Goulden issued a statement saying he will retire from his role as a trustee and chair of the Responsible Gambling Trust (RGT), which is the country’s most influential voice on gambling-related harm.

However the RGT has been taken to task for being too close to the industry. Critics say the way the RGT is funded – through donations from the gambling industry – already raises questions about the independence of its research programme.

Read the full the story in the Guardian.

Gambling Nearly Killed Me

Posted on December 15, 2015 by admin

Olly meets Matt Zarb-Cousin, whose first bet at the age of 16 lead to a cycle of addiction that saw him flutter away over £10,000 in the bookies before his 20th birthday. He frankly confronts the nature of addiction, the changing face of the British high street and how a life can fall apart when the stakes are raised.

Listen to the full interview 12.32 mins in at The Modern Mann .

Heartbroken partner of gambling addict who took his own life calls for new curbs on betting terminals

Posted on November 2, 2015 by admin

THE heartbroken partner of a man who took his life after blowing a fortune on high-stakes betting terminals has called for new curbs on the controversial machines. (more…)

Bookmakers ‘should ban problem gamblers’

Posted on October 28, 2015 by admin

Online bookmakers should be required to monitor and ban gamblers who show signs of addiction using the same software they employ to restrict winning customers, an addiction expert has said. (more…)

Family takes campaign for tighter gambling regulations to Downing Street

Posted on September 24, 2015 by admin

A father and son from Sheffield have taken their campaign to Downing Street today to demand tighter regulation of the gambling industry. (more…)