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BBC 2′s Victoria Derbyshire Show

Posted on June 14, 2016 by admin

Victoria Derbyshire explains the rise of FOBTs on UK high streets and the damaging effects of FOBT addiction.

Watch again on BBC iPlayer at 43 mins

​​Inside the NHS’s only specialist gambling clinic

Posted on June 7, 2016 by admin

The Friday morning discussion of new referrals to the National Problem Gambling clinic provides a sharp picture of why pathological gambling is such a catastrophe for those who become addicted and their families. Medical staff gather in an airy upstairs room of the Fulham, south-west London clinic and take an hour to fill each other in on the profiles of their new referrals.

Read the full story in the Guardian 

MPs set to report on FOBTs early next year

Posted on June 7, 2016 by admin

A group of MPs that backs a £2 maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) is set to publish a report on the controversial machines early in 2017.

The FOBT All-Party Group, which was formed last month, will begin its ‘Fixed Odds Betting Terminals – Assessing the Impact’ inquiry into the vertical next month, and will issue its findings at the start of next year.

Read the full story in Totally Gaming

Derby glamour in sharp contrast to UK betting industry’s dark side

Posted on June 6, 2016 by admin

In an important, disturbing and often distressing investigation for the Guardian last Tuesday Tom Lamont laid bare the grim reality of daily working life for the staff in many of Britain’s 9,000 betting shops. He detailed violence, intimidation and long, unsociable hours, often worked under the modern regime of “single manning”, which leaves staff, often women, to face everything the high street can throw at them with just four, cash-rich FOBTs (fixed odds betting terminals) for company.

The many staff who spoke to Lamont made it clear that in the modern betting shop racing turnover has been pushed to the margins by the gaming machines.

Read the full story in the Guardian

Anti-FOBT campaigner joins Labour leader’s office

Posted on June 6, 2016 by admin

Matt Zarb-Cousin writes on his departure from the Campaign for Fairer Gambling. (more…)

Litigation, whistleblowing, FOBT crime and the Ladbrokes merger

Posted on June 1, 2016 by admin

Campaign for Fairer Gambling Founder Derek Webb writes about his personal experiences and explains his opposition to the merger of Ladbrokes and Coral. (more…)

The big gamble: the dangerous world of British betting shops

Posted on June 1, 2016 by admin

Bookmakers have become a fixture of the British high street. But the savage murder of a lone employee at a London betting shop has revealed the risks that their workers face.

Read the full story in the Guardian

Parliamentary group puts pressure on FOBTs

Posted on June 1, 2016 by admin

A group of MPs from across the political spectrum says it wants “action taken” against fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) in the UK.

The new FOBT All-Party Parliamentary Group has been set up to investigate the effects of the B2 machines and held its first meeting last week.

Read the full story on Totally Gaming

MPs back campaign against betting machines dubbed ‘the crack cocaine of gambling’

Posted on June 1, 2016 by admin

A powerful group of cross-party MPs has backed the Sunday People ’s campaign against fixed odds betting machines (FOBTs).

The new All Party group on FOBTs has been set up to investigate the effects of the machines – dubbed the ‘crack cocaine’ of gambling.

Read the full story in The Mirror

Problem betting ‘higher in areas with clusters of bookmakers’

Posted on May 31, 2016 by admin

Rates of problem gambling are higher among those who live near “clusters” of bookmakers, as well as among unemployed and minority ethnic groups, according to research from the Responsible Gambling Trust.

The study, focused on machine gamblers, adds to concerns about the proliferation of fixed-odds betting terminals, which some MPs have labelled “the crack cocaine” of gambling.

Read the full story in the Financial Times