Derek Webb, Campaign for Fairer Gambling founder, gets into detail on understanding gambling concepts. (more…)
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.
Children as young as 11 in the Grimsby area are starting their gambling careers online.
And North East Lincolnshire has one of the highest number of gambling premises in the country – turning them into “the crack cocaine of the High Street.”
Read the full story in The Grimsby Telegraph.
We are at risk of becoming a nation of gambling addicts as new figures show we lose £300 per person every year through the habit.
Brits lost a record £13.8billion in the year ending September 2016 as more players than ever before lose millions on machines in betting shops.
Read the full story in The Daily Mirror.
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’
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
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
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.
Any manifesto commitment other than a £2 maximum stake will be going soft on the bookies, says the Campaign for Fairer Gambling. (more…)
LATEST NEWS & VIEWS
- 1. Hammer-wielding gambling addict smashed up bookies causing £36,000 damage in revenge after losing thousands
- 2. The Centre for Social Justice supports Fairer Gambling’s objective, and Paddy Power breaks ranks
- 3. Now Labour backs clampdown on ‘crack cocaine’ betting machines: Deputy leader Tom Watson says party supports efforts to limit stakes