Problem Gambling

Daily Mail: Britons pump £46billion a year into gambling machines

Posted on December 3, 2013 by admin

FRONT PAGE STORY: Gamblers wagered a staggering £46billion on betting terminals last year – nearly 50 per cent up in four years.

Dubbed the ‘crack cocaine’ of the high street, the machines allow punters to lose up to £100 every 20 seconds. They have been linked to the laundering of drugs money and councils are trying to rein them in.

But Gambling Commission figures show that bookmakers raked in profits of £1.55billion from the terminals between April 2012 and March 2013. It also found that more than 600,000 children were either stopped in – or trying to enter – betting shops last year, six times as many as in 2009.

Read Tim Shipman’s front page Daily Mail story for more details.

Telegraph: Britons gamble £46 billion on betting machines

Posted on December 3, 2013 by admin

Britons gambled £46 billion on betting terminals last year, an increase of almost 50 per cent in the last four years.

Gamblers lose up to £100 every 20 seconds on the fixed odds machines, which have been dubbed the “crack cocaine” of the high street, and almost 600,000 children were stopped in or trying to enter betting shops last year, six times as many as 2009, figures from the Gambling Commission show.

Bookmakers made profits of £1.55 billion from the terminals between April 2012 and March 2013.

A number of councils have attempted to tackle gambling machines as there is growing concerns over their impact. They have been linked to criminal activity, including the laundering of drugs money.

MPs will today vote on whether the stakes and prizes from the machines should be fixed, the Daily Mail reported.

Read the full story on the Telegraph.co.uk 

Labour turns guns on coalition gambling reforms with Commons vote

Posted on December 3, 2013 by admin

Labour will signal its hardening opposition to the “crack cocaine of gambling” – high-speed, high-stakes gambling machines – by forcing a vote in the commons on Wednesday and instructing MPs not to back the government’s proposed changes to stakes and prizes as they do not include the betting shop terminals.

Fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs), which have been lightly regulated since they arrived in 2001, have been dubbed the “crack cocaine of gambling” because they allow punters to wager £100 a spin every 20 seconds. There are now 33,345 FOBTs in the UK – fuelling a boom in betting shops on Britain’s high streets. Critics say they are highly addictive and lead to crime and poverty.

Read the full story from Randeep Ramesh on the Guardian online.

Gambling addict lost £1,000 in roulette machine before grabbing handfuls of cash from employee

Posted on November 18, 2013 by admin

A gambling machine addict who lost £1,000 in just an hour in a Liverpool bookies grabbed most of it back from a frightened woman employee and fled.

Michael Fox told the lone worker, who was emptying the roulette gaming machines, “I need my money back”, grabbed the cash container from her and ran off after taking handfuls of the notes.

Read the full article in The Liverpool Echo online.

Gambling addict lost £1,000 in ONE HOUR on roulette machines – then grabbed fistfuls of cash back from employee

Posted on November 18, 2013 by admin

A gaming machine addict who lost £1,000 in ONE HOUR in a bookies grabbed most of it back from a frightened female employee and fled.

Michael Fox told the lone worker, who was emptying the roulette gaming machines, “I need my money back”, grabbed the cash container from her, took handfuls of the notes and ran off.

Liverpool crown court heard that Fox, a 39-year-old taxi driver, later explained: “Gambling has destroyed my life.”

Read the full article in The Mirror online.

Councillors impose robust conditions on East Ham betting shop

Posted on November 6, 2013 by admin

Newham Council has imposed tough new conditions on a betting shop described by a councillor as a “honeypot for gangsters”.

Councillors sitting on the licensing sub-committee on November 1 said the William Hill branch at 181 High Street North, in East Ham must have a full CCTV system with four external cameras, a minimum of two members of staff and an intruder alarm and a panic button. The shop must also insist customers undert 21 provide ID and the store must carry out an undercover test purchase at least once every six months.

East Ham councillor Ian Corbett told the hearing the William Hill branch was “a honey pot for gangsters and gangland people from other parts of London to come to”.

Read the full article in The Newham Recorder online.

PM hints at taking a ‘proper look’ at FOBTs

Posted on October 24, 2013 by admin

Prime Minister David Cameron entered the debate surrounding fixed odds betting terminals yesterday when he told parliament he would take a ‘proper look’ at the issue.

Read the full story in The Racing Post.

Church groups condemn plans to increase gambling machine prizes

Posted on October 14, 2013 by admin

Church groups and campaigners have attacked the government over plans to increase the prizes on offer from gambling machines and for refusing to curb the rise of high-speed betting terminals in high-street bookmakers.

Ministers have said that, after consulting widely, they believe it is clear the betting industry needs bigger prizes to stimulate the market and boost companies’ bottom lines.

Read the full article in The Guardian online.

Gambling Addict Likens Fixed-Odds Betting Terminals To Crack Cocaine

Posted on October 4, 2013 by admin

Earlier this week, BBC One East Midlands broadcasted a documentary-style programme called Inside Out that told the story of Roger Radler, a gambling addict from High Wycombe. Radler lost his job and wife and is now burdened with substantial debts after becoming addicted Fixed Odds Betting Terminals, or FOBTs as they name is abbreviated to.

“It’s the crack cocaine of the gambling industry,” claimed Radler, “You can get your high every 15 seconds and you are losing huge sums of money. At my worst, I probably lost a month’s salary in a couple of hours and that’s horrendous.”

Read the full article on the Poker News website online.

Coinslot: Letter to the editor

Posted on October 4, 2013 by admin

Read Derek Webb’s response to a recent Coinslot article here.