Problem Gambling

Children as young as 11 years gambling in North East Lincolnshire

Posted on June 16, 2017 by admin

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.

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.

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

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.

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…)