Gambling Addiction

We should act now or risk gambling addiction crisis

Posted on August 21, 2017 by admin

It seems gambling is everywhere in Britain today. In 2016, according to the data company Nielsen, £312 million was spent on advertising gambling, and even this understates what was spent promoting it online.

In the next 12 months, it is likely that more than half of the revenue generated by gambling businesses operating in Britain will be online. Social and video gaming offer an easy transition into gambling and increasingly the difference between the two is not clear.

Read the full story in The Times.

Gambling addicts make one million requests in a year for help to stop

Posted on July 24, 2017 by admin

Gambling addicts asked to be banned from betting shops and websites more than a million times last year, as campaigners warned that a debilitating and dangerous level of dependency has become widespread.

Read the full story in The Times.

Watchdog targets online gambling firms that ‘load the dice’ against players

Posted on June 23, 2017 by admin

Online gambling companies will have the change their “unfair” sign-up deals or face a legal challenge after the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) announced that it was launching enforcement action against operators that it believes to be breaking consumer law.

Read the full story in The Telegraph.

Former Irvine gambler opens heart on addiction that threatened to ruin his life

Posted on May 26, 2017 by admin

Tommy has squandered thousands of pounds through being addicted to gambling.

At the height of his problems the Irvine man blew all the money that had been saved up for his baby, lost his job, his fiancee, car, friends and could not see a way out.

Read the full story in The Daily Record.

Football international begs bookies to ban him from betting after becoming addicted to ‘crack cocaine of gambling’

Posted on May 4, 2017 by admin

A Scotland international football star has begged bookies to ban him from betting after spending thousands on bets labelled the ‘crack cocaine of gambling ‘

The unnamed £8m player sought help for an addiction to fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) which allow punters to blow up to £100 every 20 seconds.

The star has joined a scheme which will see bookies staff refuse to serve him for 12 months. The scheme, operated by Ladbrokes, involves the players details being circulated to staff who will then block him from betting.

Read the full story in The Mirror 

Stowmarket drug user robbed betting shop to get help with his addiction

Posted on May 4, 2017 by admin

A Stowmarket drug user who robbed a betting shop afterwards told police that he had done it to get help with his addiction.

Martin Everdell, 35, threatened a worker at the town’s Coral Bookmakers, in the Market Place, while armed with a knife and got away with £140.

Ipswich Crown Court heard that Everdell, of The Grove, Stowmarket, walked into the shop on the evening of March 26 with a scarf covering his face.

Read more the full story in the Bury Free Press

Northern Ireland reports higher problem gambling rate than rest of UK

Posted on May 3, 2017 by admin

A report commissioned by the Northern Ireland Department for Communities and compiled by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency showed that two-thirds of all respondents had engaged in any kind of gambling activity in the twelve months ended December 31, 2016.

Read the full story in Casino News Daily.

Problem gambling ‘takes a £30bn toll on nation’s happiness’, says study

Posted on April 19, 2017 by admin

Can you put a price on misery? When it comes to problem gambling the answer, apparently, is yes.

A team of economists has calculated that if the UK’s hundreds of thousands of problem gamblers were to be cured of their addictions, the boost to the nation’s collective happiness would be equivalent to a £30bn windfall.

The work, based on an analysis of 10,000 adult gamblers presented at last week’s Royal Economic Society’s annual conference, suggests that around 0.7% of adults, about a third of a million people, are now classified as problem gamblers.

Read the full story in The Guardian

Bookmakers fail to check ages of young gamblers

Posted on April 12, 2017 by admin

High street bookmakers are flouting age-check rules for users of betting machines linked to a rise in problem gambling, an undercover investigation has found.

Teenage “mystery shoppers” were able to use fixed-odds betting terminals without being challenged in 65 out of 108 shops run by some of the largest gambling chains. FOBTs, known as the “crack cocaine of gambling”, allow players to stake up to £100 every 20 seconds on casino games such as roulette and bingo. Last year punters lost £1.8 billion on the machines, according to the Gambling Commission.

Read the full story in The Times

A Westminster talking shop forgetting to listen to the elephant!

Posted on April 6, 2017 by admin

Campaign for Fairer Gambling founder Derek Webb criticises a recent event to discuss gambling policy which failed to address the issue of addiction to fixed odds betting terminals. (more…)