Problem Gambling

Gambling’s ‘crack cocaine’ is devastating lives and not doing much for the economy either

Posted on May 17, 2017 by admin

Since 2008, UK gamblers have squandered £11.4 billion playing games such as poker and roulette on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs). These sophisticated gaming machines, often referred to as the “crack cocaine” of gambling, are to be found in high street bookies and casinos across Britain, allowing people to bet up to £100 every 20 seconds.

Not only is this helping to create a huge swell in problem gambling, it is also affecting the economy, because this spend has little ripple effect, flowing directly into relatively few pockets without generating a significant number of jobs.

Read the full story in The Conversation.

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

Will any party manifesto dare to ignore the £50 billion black hole?

Posted on April 27, 2017 by admin

Any manifesto commitment other than a £2 maximum stake will be going soft on the bookies, says the Campaign for Fairer Gambling.  (more…)

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…)

The research, the data, the caveats, the questions

Posted on April 6, 2017 by admin

Derek Webb, founder of the Campaign for Fairer Gambling provides more context to the FOBT fiasco.  (more…)

RSPH joins fight to remove Fixed Odds Betting Terminals from UK high streets

Posted on April 4, 2017 by admin

RSPH has become a Supporter of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs).

The Fixed Odds Betting Terminal APPG was established in 2016 as a forum for discussion and further investigation into the impact of FOBTs in UK communities. In January 2017, it launched the findings of its inquiry into the harm being caused on Britain’s high streets in the report Fixed Odds Betting Terminals – Assessing the Impact.

In March 2015, as part of its Health on the High Street campaign, RSPH called for a reduction in the maximum bet that can be placed in one game on FOBTs from £100 to £2. FOBTs have been described as the ‘crack cocaine’ of gambling, with their capacity to be played rapidly and repeatedly representing a serious addiction issue.

Read the full story on the RSPH website

A pro-FOBT party would be a very nasty party

Posted on March 30, 2017 by admin

On 13th March the Association of British Bookmakers (AAB) sponsored a post on ConservativeHome written by Greg Knight, MD of JenningsBet, entitled, “The Conservative Party is the party of small business. It should not turn its back on us.”

This supposed small business could be experiencing close to £100 million of funds deposited into Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs), stakes wagered to the value of £500 million and profits of £20 million generated each year on its betting shop roulette machines.

This supposed small business also has a relationship with The Gaming Platform which is an Isle of Man entity for JenningsBet sports book, JenningsBet casino and JenningsBet poker. Mr Knight explained the taxes his company pays, but did not offer any explanation of the taxes avoided through accessing British gamblers from offshore.

Read the full piece on Conservative Home