Gambling Addiction

FOBT measures have had ‘no impact’ – study

Posted on August 25, 2015 by admin

A new report commissioned by the Responsible Gambling Trust has claimed that measures launched by the Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) to protect gamblers who use Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) have had no impact. Read the full story at Totally Gaming.

The Independent: Bookmakers’ measures are failing to protect gambling addicts, report shows

Posted on August 24, 2015 by admin

The Independent reports on a recently-published study which concludes that measures rolled out by bookmakers to help protect vulnerable players of addictive roulette-style machines have failed to have any impact. Read the full story here.

Derek Webb discusses FOBTs on Sky News

Posted on August 20, 2015 by admin

In light of the revelation that each of Ladbrokes’ fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) grosses over £1,000 per week, Derek Webb, co-founder of the Campaign for Fairer Gambling, discusses why these machines – dubbed the ‘crack cocaine of gambling’ – are so addictive and criticises The Association of British Bookmakers’ (ABB) player protection measures as inadequate. The interview presents Campaign For Fairer Gambling’s case for a stake reduction from £100 to £2 on FOBTs.

Watch the interview in full here.

Mum’s crusade against ‘crack cocaine of gambling’ machines which drove her son to suicide

Posted on August 17, 2015 by admin

Anne Evans has called for action after her son Alan Lockhart, 40, hanged himself after blowing £200,000 on gaming machines.

She  is calling for the NHS to put more resources into tackling problem gambling.

Read the full story at

Betting firms roll the dice on self-policing problem gambling

Posted on January 26, 2015 by admin

The country’s biggest gambling companies will this week bet heavily on self-regulation, highlighting the steps they have taken to protect customers in danger of developing gambling problems including a mandatory time limit on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs).

The betting companies, hit by a raft of tax increases and growing political scrutiny over the past two years, have also bankrolled a new watchdog named the Senet Group and will this week cover their 8,000 shop fronts with messages about betting responsibly as part of an industry-wide “gamble aware week”.

Read the full article in The Daily Telegraph online.

Stop bombarding our kids with betting ads

Posted on July 31, 2014 by admin

If cigarette commercials are banned and alcohol ones restricted, why is the gambling industry able to target children?

It was when my seven-year-old son started talking knowledgeably about “cashing out”, while comparing the relative merits of William Hill, Ladbrokes and Paddy Power, that I started wondering what was up. When I heard him chanting “Bet365. Bet on it — now”, in the manner of Ray Winstone, I understood what had happened. This summer of sport has become almost as much about gambling as games.

Read the full article The Times online.

Matt Zarb-Cousin discussing luck on BBC World Service

Posted on May 8, 2014 by admin

Most people believe in some aspects of luck. Is believing in luck something which can empower us or does it mean we give up whatever control we feel we have over our lives?

Mike Williams discusses luck with former professional cricketer Ed Smith, therapist Alexander Anghelou and Cambridge psychologist Mike Aitken. And Mike also visits a casino to meet a reformed gambler.

Listen to Matt Zarb-Cousin discussing luck on BBC World Service online.

Gambler: I went for a pint of milk and lost £5k in mins

Posted on May 1, 2014 by admin

A secret gambler revealed to 5 live Breakfast that he’d “probably gambled every penny” he’s earnt in the past six years and his debt is reaching six figures.

‘John’ also told Nicky Campbell he once went out for a pint of milk and gambled away £5,000 in minutes.

Listen to the interview from BBC Radio 5 online.

New reports highlight Britain’s shameful record on gambling research, education and treatment

Posted on April 14, 2014 by admin

Research published this week by Goldsmiths University and the Royal College of Psychiatrists has called into question Britain’s provision for research, education and treatment for problem gambling.

Anthropologists from Goldsmiths University invited 143 stakeholders to contribute to the “Fair Game” report, of which 109 agreed to take part in focus groups. These consisted of research stakeholders, including research users such as policy makers, treatment providers and regulators – as well as research producers from academia, the gambling industry and research institutes. Members of the gambling industry were also involved.

The report concluded that the Government plays a role in sustaining the focus on “problem gambling”, which obscures the relationship between the gambling industry and the state. It asserts that the focus on problem gambling and causal relationships serve the interests of the industry, which is interested in limiting regulation and minimising change. (more…)

Scots poorest gamble £2bn on betting machines

Posted on March 14, 2014 by admin

People in the poorest parts of Scotland staked almost double the amount on addictive gambling machines than those in wealthy areas, worrying new figures reveal.

“The figures back up the view that people in poorer areas are being targeted”, said one local MP.

Read the full article in The Christian Institute online