The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) today rejected seven out of nine complaints made by the Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) about advertisements run by the Campaign for Fairer Gambling around the time of the Corby by-election in November 2012.
The Campaign for Fairer Gambling advertised in regional newspaper the Northamptonshire Telegraph, which is read by constituents and potential voters. It brought to their attention the subject of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs), their addictive roulette content and the social and financial implications of gambling addiction.
The advertisement also encouraged voters to ask their by-election candidates for their stance on FOBTs and problem gambling. The advertisement drew complaints from the ABB on a number of points relating to the addictive nature of FOBTs, the ability to stake £100 every 20 seconds and a faster speed of play compared to casinos. (more…)