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Gamblers are losing £5million every DAY on ‘crack cocaine’ betting machines that allow players to stake up to £100 every 20 seconds

Posted on May 25, 2017 by admin

Gamblers lost a record £1.8billion on ‘crack cocaine’ betting machines last year – or nearly £5million a day.

The total for the year up to the end of September 2016 was £57million higher than the Gambling Commission’s last update in November.

The figures come amid expectations that the Government will unveil a crackdown on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) in the next few months.

Read the full story in The Daily Mail.

General Election 2017: Labour pledges crackdown on FOBT machines

Posted on May 18, 2017 by admin

With some punters now betting on President Donald Trump being impeached and tossed out of office, politicians closer to home are looking to get rid of a particularly controversial kind of gambling market.

Labour has made a pledged a crackdown on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs), outlining a measure to reduce the maximum stake on the digital gaming machines to £2 in its general election manifesto.

Read the full story in The Big Issue.

Respublica backs FOBT clampdown as Times reveals £11bn lost since 2007

Posted on May 17, 2017 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling writes following the publication of the Labour manifesto and reflects on whether the next Government will finally take action on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs). (more…)

Gambling’s ‘crack cocaine’ is devastating lives and not doing much for the economy either

Posted on May 17, 2017 by admin

Since 2008, UK gamblers have squandered £11.4 billion playing games such as poker and roulette on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs). These sophisticated gaming machines, often referred to as the “crack cocaine” of gambling, are to be found in high street bookies and casinos across Britain, allowing people to bet up to £100 every 20 seconds.

Not only is this helping to create a huge swell in problem gambling, it is also affecting the economy, because this spend has little ripple effect, flowing directly into relatively few pockets without generating a significant number of jobs.

Read the full story in The Conversation.

A stake in it for everyone; why Conservatives should support regulation of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals

Posted on May 15, 2017 by admin

FOBTs or B2 machines are highly addictive, one way we know this, according to research conducted by the Campaign for Fairer Gambling, is that FOBT users are much more likely to be ‘problem gamblers’, statistics from the gambling helpline showed that in one year (2011/2012) 28% of calls to the helpline were from gamblers who were experiencing problems owing to their use of FOBTs. In other words they ‘were much more likely to call the helpline than people involved in other forms of gambling’. We should be concerned because players of these casino-style games are at a high risk of financial ruin, this is not surprising considering that there are more than twice the number of betting shops in the poorest boroughs compared with the most affluent.

Read the full story on the ResPublica website.

New Research Shows Scots Spent £3.7 Billion on FOBTs in 2016

Posted on May 14, 2017 by admin

Scottish gambling customers wagered £3.7 billion on fixed-odds betting terminals in 2015-16, newly released research shows. There were 4,000 B2 gaming machines in betting shops around Scotland during the reviewed period.

According to the new report, the amount of £170 million was lost by Scots. For several years now, FOBTs have been the subject of heavy criticism from influential lawmakers and anti-gambling campaigners, mainly due to the fact that the controversial machines allow players to bet up to £100 every 20 seconds.

Read the full story in Casino News Daily.

BBC Radio 5 Live – May 11th 2017

Posted on May 11, 2017 by admin

Research has shown that people in the UK have gambled away £11 billion on fixed odds betting terminals since 2008. The machines allow customers to bet up to £100 every 20 seconds on games like roulette, and today’s research shows that £8,000 has been lost on average by each player.

Lowering the maximum bet on FOBTs to £2 is currently being backed by Labour in their election campaign and Campaign Consultant, Matt Zarb-Cousin, speaks to BBC Radio 5 Live about FOBT stakes and the Stop the FOBTs campaign.

Listen again at 1 hour 9 minutes.

Punters have lost over £11billion on fixed-odds gambling machines since 2008 – costing the economy 200,000 jobs

Posted on May 11, 2017 by admin

Gamblers have lost more than £11billion on in-store gaming machines in less than ten years, shocking new figures reveal.

Since 2008, fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) are responsible for the loss of around 200,000 jobs in the UK, the report by Landman Economics shows, heaping the pressure on politicians to act quickly.

A proposed review of FOBTs was scrapped when the General Election was called, but Labour has pledged to cap the maximum stake at £2, with senior Tories believing Theresa May needs to follow suit.

Read the full story in the Daily Mail.

Punters lose billions in fixed‑odds betting frenzy

Posted on May 11, 2017 by admin

Britons have lost £11 billion on fixed-odds betting terminals since 2008 in a gambling frenzy that has cost the economy almost 200,000 jobs, according to research.

The figures will heap pressure on Theresa May to outline Tory plans to clamp down on the machines. Labour has promised to cap stakes at £2 and a Conservative think tank has urged the prime minister to do the same.

A government review into the machines, known as FOBTs, was shelved once the election was called. The machines allow customers to bet up to £100 every 20 seconds on electronic casino games such as roulette. Campaigners say that the quick-fire play and high stakes encourage players to chase losses and the machines contribute to poverty, crime and family breakdown.

Read more in The Times

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