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Mundell: “important milestone” as new Holyrood powers come into force

Posted on May 31, 2016 by admin

An “important milestone” is reached on Monday in strengthening Holywood, David Mundell has insisted, as the first law-making powers under the 2016 Scotland Act come into force, including those on abortion, speed limits, parking, gaming machines and railway policing.

Read the full story in The Herald

The bookies, FOBT clowns and the missing elephant

Posted on May 19, 2016 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling calls on the Government to complete the promised Triennial Review of gambling machine stakes and prizes. (more…)

Ladbrokes staff raped and killed as firm saves millions of pounds by forcing staff to work alone

Posted on May 19, 2016 by admin

A whistleblower accused the betting firm of ‘putting profits ahead of health and safety’, with staff forced to work alone in the evening.

Betting firm Ladbrokes has been accused of putting “profits before lives” after one lone worker was killed and a second was raped.

Dad-of-three Andrew Iocovou was battered to death by a gambler who lost money on its fixed-odds betting terminals a day earlier.

Read the full story in the Mirror

Government nets £670million a YEAR from “crack cocaine of gambling” machines

Posted on May 19, 2016 by admin

Campaigners fear the Chancellor is resisting demands to curb fixed odds betting terminals as they generate so much money for the Treasury.

George Osborne has been accused of dodging a clampdown on betting machines after figures revealed they net the taxman nearly £13million a week.

Machine games duty pumps almost £670million a year into Treasury coffers, with fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) thought to account for the bulk of the cash.

Read the full story in the Mirror

George Osborne denies blocking review into “crack cocaine” betting machines

Posted on May 6, 2016 by admin

George Osborne has been forced to deny blocking a review into “crack cocaine” betting machines because of the tax revenue they generate.

The Chancellor is facing growing opposition from more than two thirds of MPs over the failure to act against fixed-odds betting terminals.

The £100-a-spin casino machines raised £425million for the Treasury last year but have been linked to violence, addiction and antisocial behaviour.

Read the full story in the Mirror

FOBTs debate: What does the data tell us?

Posted on May 6, 2016 by admin

“It is a risk [heavier regulation], but policy making should be data-driven. The data to restrict fixed-odds betting terminals in the way it’s being talked about doesn’t seem to be there. But it is a risk, because in the industry we’re not necessarily doing a great job of presenting a positive case and presenting facts.”

These were the words of Sky Betting and Gaming CEO Richard Flint at The Future of Online Gambling seminar in Westminster in April. Not only did this show that fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) are likely to crop up in almost any discussion about UK gambling these days, even in i-gaming seminars, but it seemed a fair point to raise.

Read the full story in Gambling Insider

Suicide, crime and debt: One peer’s attempt to fight against the ‘crack-cocaine of gambling’

Posted on March 10, 2016 by admin

When Ryan Myers left a betting shop in May 2014 he had just lost £500. On certain machines known as the ‘crack-cocaine of gambling’, this is possible in less than two minutes.

Later that day Myers hanged himself. In a Facebook post beforehand, he apologised for “letting people down” and said he “didn’t mean to break anyone’s heart”.

Read the full story on Christian Today

Fixed-odd betting machines make Britain’s biggest bookmakers more than £1,000 in profit every week

Posted on February 23, 2016 by admin

Britain’s biggest bookmakers are set to reveal that they are now making more than £1,000 in profit every week from each of their fixed-odd betting machines.

The controversial terminals, dubbed the ‘crack cocaine of the high street’, allow customers to play dozens of Las Vegas-style roulette and slot machines games, betting up to £100 on the spin of a roulette wheel every 20 seconds.

Read the full story on ThisIsMoney.co.uk

Mesmerising horror of watching a middle-class accountant lose £3,000 in an hour on crack cocaine gambling machines

Posted on February 23, 2016 by admin

Perched on a high-backed stool, a tall man with mousey blond hair sits hunched over a blinking screen, his face twisted in concentration.

The William Hill betting shop around the corner from Victoria station in Central London is alive with noise, but Harry is in a world of his own, mesmerised by the flashing screen, his fingers frantically tapping out bets on a sea of digitised green ‘felt’.

Read his full story in the Daily Mail

Violence, debt and devastation brought by the spin of a wheel

Posted on February 18, 2016 by admin

Fixed-odds betting terminals have spread like cancer, devastating communities in their wake, according to campaigners.

The machines, known as FOBTs, allow punters to place bets of up to £100 every twenty seconds on electronic games such as blackjack and roulette.

Read the full story in The Times