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Football international begs bookies to ban him from betting after becoming addicted to ‘crack cocaine of gambling’

Posted on May 4, 2017 by admin

A Scotland international football star has begged bookies to ban him from betting after spending thousands on bets labelled the ‘crack cocaine of gambling ‘

The unnamed £8m player sought help for an addiction to fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) which allow punters to blow up to £100 every 20 seconds.

The star has joined a scheme which will see bookies staff refuse to serve him for 12 months. The scheme, operated by Ladbrokes, involves the players details being circulated to staff who will then block him from betting.

Read the full story in The Mirror 

Gambling with our own lives

Posted on March 10, 2017 by admin

This time last year Spreadsheet Phil’s predecessor George Osborne, if you can remember him, gave gambling companies a let off. Speculation that duties on controversial touch screen gaming machines in high street betting shops would be raised proved unfounded.

Fixed-odds betting terminals have been called the “crack cocaine” of the betting industry by anti-gambling campaigners and a few taps of a phone screen can also see the habit fed from the comfort of your living room.

Read the full story on The Courier

An Opinion piece from Simon Thomas, CEO, The Hippodrome Casino

Posted on February 27, 2017 by admin

“Like the Government, the Hippodrome Casino – along with the entire UK sector – strongly supports a healthy gambling industry. An industry that generates investment and employment and provides a safe gaming environment for all.

This is why I am heartened by its Review of Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility Measures and its intent to ensure a proper balance between socially responsible growth and the protection of consumers and the wider communities….”

Read the full feature on Casino Life

Church of England calls for maximum £2 stake on betting terminals

Posted on February 20, 2017 by admin

The church’s national body unanimously passed a motion urging the government to bring forward proposals to reduce the amount gamblers can stake on a single game from £100 to £2.

Around 35,000 fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs), or B2 machines, are found in betting shops across the UK, on which gamblers can stake a maximum of £2 for sports-based games.

But the church’s General Synod in London was told casino games such as roulette available on FOBTs allow a stake of up to £100 every 20 seconds – allowing a player to theoretically gamble away £18,000 an hour.

Read the full story in the Daily Express

4 Million lost in Stockton North on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals

Posted on February 20, 2017 by admin

More than £4 million was lost in just one year by people in Stockton North and several times more across Teesside on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs), and local MP Alex Cunningham today demanded that the Government act.

In his question to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport yesterday Alex asked:

“Nearly £4million was lost on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals in my Stockton North constituency by those who can least afford it. I know the Minister is aware of the concerns and problems again highlighted in an APPG report last week.

“Can I urge her to respond positively and let’s have lower stakes for these machines?”

Read the full story on Alex Cunningham’s website

Church of England urges government to lower maximum FOBT stake to £2

Posted on February 16, 2017 by admin

The Church of England has waded into the ongoing debate over fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) in the UK, calling on the government to lower the maximum stake for games to £2.

The General Synod, the legislative body of the Church, highlighted the “destructive impact” which accessible, high-stake machine gambling can have on families and whole communities, and the “widespread public concern” about the very large amounts being wagered at FOBTs located in high street betting shops.

Read the full story on Gaming Intelligence


Church wants £2 maximum stake on betting terminals

Posted on February 15, 2017 by admin

The Church of England is today set to back a call to lower the maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) from £100 to as little as £2.

In a co-ordinated campaign against the machines known as gambling’s “crack cocaine”, the London Diocese will move that members of the General Synod lobby the government to cut the maximum stake on the betting terminals “very substantially”.

Read the full story in The Times

General Synod demands government reduce top spend on betting machines

Posted on February 15, 2017 by admin

Betting machines that allow people to spend £100 a minute should be tighter regulated and the maximum spend slashed, the Church of England’s ruling body has said.

General Synod decided unanimously to back a motion that calls on the government to impose a top stake of £2 a go.

It was a “matter of urgency” that ministers brought in new laws to regulate the Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs), the motion said.

Read the full story on Premier

‘I lost everything’ – Cardiff woman warns of gambling dangers

Posted on February 6, 2017 by admin

A woman from Cardiff has spoken out about the dangers of gambling, after she was imprisoned for a crime she committed to fuel her addiction.

Sarah Grant says she started gambling from a young age after growing up in a pub environment surrounded by fruit machines. It began to develop into a much more serious problem when she started betting online.

She successfully managed to hide her addiction from friends and family for over 15 years, until she was jailed for theft last year.

Read the full story on the ITV News website

Touchscreen gambling machines made a record £1.73bn in 2016 – with each one worth £1,000 a week

Posted on January 25, 2017 by admin

Touchscreen gambling machines made a record £1.73billion last year, with each one raking in almost £1,000 each week.

The surge in profits saw the average Fixed Odds Betting Terminal (FOBT) net bookies almost £50,000 each – up 14% in four years.

Read the full story in The Mirror