Problem Gambling

Not since the 1980s have our leaders so cruelly bullied the poor

Posted on March 14, 2013 by admin

If only Cristina de Kirchner of Argentina had the wit to ignore the islanders’ plebiscite and take the Falklands by force, we could really start to party like it’s 1982.

The sense of déjà vu is quite strong enough as it is, with a deeply disliked Tory-led administration increasingly riven by internecine scraps; an unpopular Prime Minister insisting there is no alternative; and now the Christian soldiers of Anglicanism marching as to war with a cruel and callous Government. Lob an insanely archaic South Atlantic conflict into the pot, and the back-to-the-future stink would make you gag.

Read full story on The Independent online

I blew my fiancee’s £12,000 on ‘crack cocaine’ gambling machines

Posted on March 14, 2013 by admin

Warning as footie ace confesses all

A YOUNG footballer who blew £12,000 of his bride-to-be’s savings on gambling has told how he did it to try to fund their new home and a dream wedding.

Rising star Kris Newby thought he had beaten his betting addiction after seeking help when he lost his job for having a flutter at work.

But the 25-year-old began gambling again in a desperate attempt to please girlfriend Lacey Maclean.

Instead he found himself in spiralling debt and began pinching money from his unsuspecting fiancée to try to make up losses.

Read the full story on The Sun online 

Mail Online: …footballer took £12,000 to feed gambling habit

Posted on March 13, 2013 by admin

After a fairytale proposal, Lacey Maclean couldn’t wait to tell the world her good news.

‘Most perfect moment ever … Can’t wait to be Mrs Newby’, the 23-year-old wrote on Twitter, posting a photograph of her footballer fiance Kris Newby down on one knee.

Two months on, she took to the social networking site again – with some rather different news.

Read full story on the Mail Online

Councils try to block spread of betting shops in poor areas

Posted on March 4, 2013 by admin

Local authorities are attempting to block the spread of betting shops in poorer areas, arguing that bookmakers have deliberately targeted deprived regions and blighted high streets with premises used primarily for gaming rather than gambling.

In a test case, Newham council in east London dismissed an application for a new Paddy Power betting shop on the grounds that it would make more money from gaming machines than from traditional betting on horses and sports results.

The local authority said this meant the application did not meet the licensing conditions of 2005 Gambling Act – the first time such a power has been exercised.

Read the full story in the Guardian online. 


Seaside resort is not amused at spend on betting

Posted on February 22, 2013 by admin

The North Yorkshire coastal resort of Scarborough – usually recognised for its seaside charm and traditional amusements – has become another statistic in the long-running campaign against betting shops. According to the Fairer Gambling Campaign, the town’s residents poured nearly £61m into FOBTs in nine book-makers, which are all located withing a one-mile radius. To read the read story from Coinslot International click here.


Posted on February 20, 2013 by admin

A GAMBLING addict admits he splurges his £845 a month benefits on roulette machines.

Michael Waring, 28, is so hooked on the casino games that he calls his vice “the crack cocaine of gambling”.

The machines, found in bookies across Britain, allow players to stake up to £100 on three spins of a roulette wheel per minute with a jackpot prize of up to £500.

Read the full story online  in the Daily Star.

Derek Webb expresses the impact of FOBTs on BBC Sunday Politics show

Posted on February 18, 2013 by admin

Watch Derek Webb, the founder of the Stop the FOBTs campaign and its wider initiative, the Campaign for Fairer Gambling, on the BBC’s Sunday Politics Show (40mins in). (more…)

Betting terminals ‘being used to make huge profits from vulnerable people’

Posted on February 12, 2013 by admin

Fairer Gambling campaign says bookmakers made £1.4bn in a year from high-speed, high-stakes machines.

For a man whose fortune was made in poker games and casinos, Derek Webb admits he was a late starter when it came to developing a conscience about the social cost of gambling. A multimillionaire from Derby, who now lives mostly in an apartment in a Las Vegas luxury hotel, the 60-year-old made a living for 25 years exploiting weaker players across the green baize of a poker table. (more…)

Stop the FOBTs officially launches at Westminster

Posted on February 12, 2013 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer gambling officially launched “Stop the FOBTs” in Westminster yesterday – its latest Campaign which is already gathering public and political support.

The Campaign to stop the proliferation of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) on UK’s high streets has been in the media spotlight since the beginning of the year. MPs from all political parties gathered at the launch at the House of Commons to show support to the new, grassroots Campaign to be organized across the UK. (more…)

Campaign calls for Gambling Commission to act on FOBTs

Posted on January 23, 2013 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling has welcomed the Government’s rejection of the select committee’s recommendation to ease restrictions on FOBTs and the Government’s inclusion of FOBTs in the upcoming Triennial Review of stakes and prizes.  However, it calls for the Gambling Commission to take action by temporarily restricting new licence applications and curbing bookmakers advertising of the gaming machines. (more…)