Problem Gambling

Advertising regulator unveils tough new standards for gambling ads

Posted on February 14, 2018 by admin

Britain’s advertising regulator has unveiled a set of new standards for gambling ads, on the back of a broad government consultation on the health risks associated with the sprawling industry.

The new standards will restrict adverts that create what the Committees of Advertising Practice (CAP) deem to convey an “inappropriate sense of urgency” – such as those that include phrases like Bet Now! to push offers during live events.

Read the full story in The Independent.

High street betting machines hook 120k Brits and cost communities £1.2bn

Posted on February 13, 2018 by admin

Addictive high street betting machines hit the poorest hardest and have hooked 120,000 users, research reveals today.

Experts say the cost of problem gambling on fixed-odds betting terminals has soared above £10million in the most deprived areas.

Read the full story in The Sun.

The £1billion toll of ‘crack cocaine’ betting machines: More than 120,000 users of highly addictive fixed odds terminals could be classed as problem gamblers

Posted on February 13, 2018 by admin

More than 120,000 users of ‘crack cocaine’ betting machines could be classed as problem gamblers, a report has found.

The toll is exposed in a report by economists, who conclude that gambling on fixed-odds betting terminals is hitting the poorest parts of the country the hardest.

Read the full story in The Daily Mail.

Sexism, virtual reality and tax avoidance: What I saw at the ICE gambling

Posted on February 9, 2018 by admin

Matt Zarb-Cousin writes for the Independent:

“Despite instructions from the Gambling Commission to ‘root out the sexism’, promo girls were paraded round exhibition booths by an industry entirely detached from societal norms. This isn’t a sector used to being told what to do.”

Read the full piece in The Independent.

Is it right that the sport of kings relies on subsidies from the crack cocaine of gambling?

Posted on January 31, 2018 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling addresses concerns which many have that a reduction in gambling on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) would leave the sport of horseracing short changed through a reduction in the levy it receives. (more…)

Watchdog eyes casino ads that lure children

Posted on January 28, 2018 by admin

Gambling companies that sponsor some of Britain’s biggest football clubs face investigation for promotion cartoon casino games.

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) is to examine whether cartoon games on gambling websites, such as the Fairytale Legends series and Santa Paws, target children. The Campaign for Fairer Gambling submitted a complaint to the authority last week.

Read the full story in The Times.

Bid to rein in child betting games on net

Posted on January 14, 2018 by admin

The children’s commissioner is demanding a crackdown on online games that simulate betting amid fears that they will hook the next generation of problem gamblers.

Anne Longfield says the games, widely available on smartphones and tablets, encourage the “worst kinds of addictive behaviour” by introducing young people to the excitement and rewards of gambling even when they are not playing with real money.

Read the full story in The Times.

Shocking cost of social harm from gambling revealed with Glasgow on £35m slot machine loser

Posted on January 14, 2018 by admin

Glasgow is the UK city worst-affected by high-stakes slot machines, a new report has revealed.

Addiction to fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) costs the UK about £1.5billion in punters’ health issues, financial difficulties, relationship problems and crime, according to the study.

Read the full story in The Scottish Daily Record.

FOBT supplier behind gambling apps on Facebook accessible to children

Posted on January 4, 2018 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling comments on a news story about gambling type apps appearing on social media, which raised concerns that children are being exposed to ‘a risk of addiction’. (more…)

Gambling-style Facebook apps used by young

Posted on December 28, 2017 by admin

Gambling-style apps which target young people are being offered on Facebook without any checks on age.

Read the full story in The Times.