Problem Gambling

Gambling addict who lost £1 million calls for better protection of vulnerable players

Posted on October 30, 2017 by admin

A former British Army officer who lost almost £1 million through gambling believes the Government has “a lot more to do” to protect players.

Read and watch the full piece back on ITV News.

Sunday Times forces Gambling Commission to act – CFFG

Posted on October 23, 2017 by admin

Removing free-plays and uniformity of the ID verification on deposit and withdrawal are two recommendations in the Fairer Gambling submission to the DCMS review. (more…)

The Rising Number of Gambling Adverts

Posted on October 23, 2017 by admin

The Victoria Derbyshire Show looks into the rising number of gambling adverts, shown to be in 95% of live matches. The piece sees comment from Campaign Spokesman Matt Zarb-Cousin.

Watch the pieces back at 16-31 minutes and 1 hr 19-30 minutes on iPlayer.

Betting and gambling ads appear in 95% of live football matches on UK TV

Posted on October 23, 2017 by admin

The overwhelming majority of advertising breaks broadcast during football matches in Britain featured at least one gambling advert, a new survey has shown.

According to the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show, one in five of the commercials broadcast across 25 football matches this season were for betting firms, while the ratio was as high as one in three for some games.

Read the full story on International Business Times.

Scotland’s poorest punters more likely to bet on fixed odds machines than wealthiest

Posted on October 22, 2017 by admin

Gamblers in Scotland’s most deprived estates are twice as likely to bet on high-stakes slot machines as those in the country’s wealthiest areas.

The figures have led to renewed calls from Labour politicians and campaigners for the Scottish Government to halt the spread of fixed odds betting terminals.

Read the full story in The Daily Record.

Regulators order gambling companies to remove ads

Posted on October 22, 2017 by admin

Regulators have told gambling companies to remove advertisements from their websites that might appeal to children, in a move to try and curb youngsters’ interest in betting.

Read the full story in The Financial Times.

Campaign Founder speaks to BBC Radio 5 Live on online gambling sites

Posted on October 22, 2017 by admin

Campaign Founder Derek Webb speaks to BBC Radio 5 Live on the reports that online gambling sites have been instructed to remove free-play games that could appeal to children.

Listen back to the piece at 35-41 minutes on iPlayer.

Gambling sites forced to stop luring children

Posted on October 22, 2017 by admin

Britain’s betting industry faces its biggest crackdown on child gambling, with the regulator demanding operators pull hundreds of casino games from their websites after a Sunday Times investigation.

The Gambling Commission and the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) have joined forces to order online operators to “immediately” remove controversial games that appeal to children.

Read the full story in The Times.

Gambling operators are not remotely responsible – says CFFG

Posted on October 10, 2017 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling have made recommendations to ensure that children are not being tempted to gamble. (more…)

Gambling remains a hidden addiction because ‘healthcare staff lack training’

Posted on October 9, 2017 by admin

Gambling is often described as a hidden addiction. Yet there are an estimated 400,000 problem gamblers in the UK. Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones, consultant psychiatrist at the National Problem Gambling Clinic – the only one of its kind in the UK – says that a lack of training among healthcare professionals could partly be to blame for the problem flying under the radar.

Read the full story in The Guardian.