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FOBT crime ‘bunkum’ and the Ladbrokes CEO

Posted on May 25, 2016 by admin


The Campaign for Fairer Gambling calls on the Government to resolve the ‘FOBT problem’ and ‘stop dithering and stalling’ on gambling policy. (more…)

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

Statistics and PR guff – how the bookies manipulate FOBT evidence

Posted on May 13, 2016 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling calls into question analysis and research into the impact FOBTs have on the lives of problem gamblers. (more…)

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

Tobacco tactics and the FOBT responsible gambling strategy

Posted on May 4, 2016 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling questions some of the research that has gone into the upcoming DCMS triennial review of stakes and prizes. (more…)

Gambling charity’s link to bookmaker

Posted on May 3, 2016 by admin

The leading charity for responsible gambling has come under fire for appointing an accountancy firm that works for Britain’s biggest bookmaker to conduct research on a system of identifying people with a betting addiction.

The Responsible Gambling Trust has commissioned PwC to review technology that monitors how people use fixed odds betting terminals. The firm is a tax adviser to PaddyPower Betfair.

Read the full story in The Times

Bookmaker let thief bet with elderly couple’s cash

Posted on April 29, 2016 by admin

A major bookmaker has been fined £846,000 for allowing a customer to bet with savings he had stolen from an elderly couple.

The gambling regulator rebuked Gala Coral for allowing Gary Watts, 57, to bet huge sums online and in its shops despite knowing that he was an electrician who lived in a semi-detached house.

The bookmaker, which made profits of £143 million last year, even gave Mr Watts “VIP” status, taking him and his family to hospitality events.

Read the full story in The Times