Derek Webb, founder of the Campaign for Fairer Gambling provides more context to the FOBT fiasco. (more…)
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
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
The Campaign for Fairer Gambling questions the data used by the gambling industry to assess the impact of bookie closures. (more…)
“It is no surprise to see UK bookmakers making a vociferous defence of fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs). The government’s review of gaming machine stakes is imminent, and it is rightly taking a close look at tighter regulation of these hardcore, high-stakes gambling machines”
You can read the full opinion piece in The Times
Ramped up cost savings at bookmaker Ladbrokes Coral prompted analyst upgrades even though the price of the merger pushed the combined business to a more than £200m pre-tax loss.
Chief executive Jim Mullen said cost savings would now hit £100m a year by 2019 – up from the £65m that the company had previously forecast - because the increased scale of the business would allow it to strike better deals with the likes of technology providers.
Read the full story in The Telegraph
Ladbrokes Coral was a faller on the stock market as the company unveiled the first set of full year results after the completion of its mega-merger.
With the bookie announcing a thumping loss (more than £200m) thanks to costs incurred as a result of the £2.2bn deal that brought high street staples Ladbrokes and Coral together, perhaps it shouldn’t come as a surprise that investors refused to leave their stables.
Read the full story in The Independent
Gamblers are continuing to lose an increasing amount of money on gaming machines, despite a Government crackdown.
The Government aimed to tackle high spending on addictive Fixed-Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) – known as the ‘crack cocaine’ of gambling – which have been closely linked with problem gambling.
The maximum bet that can be placed is £100, and gamblers can stake this every 20 seconds.
Read the full story on the Christian Institute website
The amount of money that UK players are spending on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) has considerably increased in spite of all the measures imposed on the industry and operators by the country’s Government.
The fixed-odds betting machines have recently provoked fierce debates and have made competent authorities express their concern related to the eventual negative consequences for customers. The FOBTs provide players with the chance to play various casino games and place a stake of up to £100 every 20 seconds. Both the Government and the regulatory authorities have taken some measures in order to reduce the harm inflicted to players. As part of this crackdown, they officially announced their intentions to minimise the maximum amount that could be placed as a bet on the machines at a time. Despite these measures, the amount lost on FOBTs has rose to £126 million over the past twelve months.
Read the full story in Casino Guardian
The UK government is about to begin consultation on changes to gaming machine stakes and prizes, prompting trade association BACTA to appeal to its members to press their local members of parliament for support.
Chief among its aims is to have the stake reduced on fixed-odds betting terminals, which are commonly found in bookmakers’ shops.
Read the full story on Intergame Online