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How fixed odds betting machines work

Posted on August 27, 2015 by admin

Fixed odds betting terminals – or FOBTs – were introduced to the UK in 1999, and are a growing source of income for bookmakers. Read the full story on at BBC News.

A curb on high-street gambling? Victoria Derbyshire Show

Posted on August 26, 2015 by admin

Joanna Gosling leads a discussion on the Victoria Derbyshire Show about whether the amount you can bet on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) in betting shops should be lowered.

Hear why Labour MP, Chris Evans, stands against a FOBT stake reduction and why Mike Simons, a Birmingham bookmaker, is all for a stake reduction and has chosen to remove roulette from the FOBTs in his betting shop.

Nick Eardley provides additional background by speaking to a former gambler, Michael O’Grady who lost £150,000 on FOBTs and to Peter Craske from the Association of British Bookmakers. Watch the full piece from 01:10:05 to 01:19:45 on BBC iPlayer.

‘I lost £400k using High Street betting machines’

Posted on August 26, 2015 by admin

A plea to radically reduce the maximum bet on fixed-odds betting terminals was recently rejected by the government. For some, the machines have had a devastating impact. Read in full at BBC News.

FOBT measures have had ‘no impact’ – study

Posted on August 25, 2015 by admin

A new report commissioned by the Responsible Gambling Trust has claimed that measures launched by the Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) to protect gamblers who use Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) have had no impact. Read the full story at Totally Gaming.

Gambler smashes metal stool through fruit machine after losing streak at Ladbrokes

Posted on August 25, 2015 by admin

A punter destroyed two gaming machines at Ladbrokes in Walthamstow. He caused more than £800 worth of damage during incident on July 8. It follows similar attacks where stools have been used to damage machines. Read the story in full at MailOnline.

MP blasts bookies for attempt to save slot machines dubbed ‘crack cocaine of gambling’

Posted on August 24, 2015 by admin

Labour’s Graham Jones savaged a charm offensive by Malcolm George, head of the Association of British Bookmakers, after he offered more ‘transparency’. Read in full at Mirror Online.

The Independent: Bookmakers’ measures are failing to protect gambling addicts, report shows

Posted on August 24, 2015 by admin

The Independent reports on a recently-published study which concludes that measures rolled out by bookmakers to help protect vulnerable players of addictive roulette-style machines have failed to have any impact. Read the full story here.

Bookmaker measures fail to protect FOBT problem gamblers

Posted on August 24, 2015 by admin

A new report by NatCen has revealed that measures rolled out by bookmakers to help protect players on the machines now dubbed the “crack cocaine of gambling” have failed to have any positive statistical impact.


Derek Webb discusses FOBTs on Sky News

Posted on August 20, 2015 by admin

In light of the revelation that each of Ladbrokes’ fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) grosses over £1,000 per week, Derek Webb, co-founder of the Campaign for Fairer Gambling, discusses why these machines – dubbed the ‘crack cocaine of gambling’ – are so addictive and criticises The Association of British Bookmakers’ (ABB) player protection measures as inadequate. The interview presents Campaign For Fairer Gambling’s case for a stake reduction from £100 to £2 on FOBTs.

Watch the interview in full here.

Mum’s crusade against ‘crack cocaine of gambling’ machines which drove her son to suicide

Posted on August 17, 2015 by admin

Anne Evans has called for action after her son Alan Lockhart, 40, hanged himself after blowing £200,000 on gaming machines.

She  is calling for the NHS to put more resources into tackling problem gambling.

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