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Glasgow pays higher price for its addiction to gambling machines

Posted on February 14, 2018 by admin

Glasgow is losing more to fixed-odds betting terminals than any other council area in the country, according to research.

The machines, dubbed the crack cocaine of gambling, are costing Scotland’s largest city £27 million a year in lost money, health expenses and job problems associated with addiction to the terminals.

Read the full story in The Times.

Advertising regulator unveils tough new standards for gambling ads

Posted on February 14, 2018 by admin

Britain’s advertising regulator has unveiled a set of new standards for gambling ads, on the back of a broad government consultation on the health risks associated with the sprawling industry.

The new standards will restrict adverts that create what the Committees of Advertising Practice (CAP) deem to convey an “inappropriate sense of urgency” – such as those that include phrases like Bet Now! to push offers during live events.

Read the full story in The Independent.

Political climate change, the ICE exhibition and the ‘Gag’ economy

Posted on February 14, 2018 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling reflects on the recent ICE trade show and says that the Campaign has been and will continue to be ‘a force in changing the political climate on gambling’. (more…)

High street betting machines hook 120k Brits and cost communities £1.2bn

Posted on February 13, 2018 by admin

Addictive high street betting machines hit the poorest hardest and have hooked 120,000 users, research reveals today.

Experts say the cost of problem gambling on fixed-odds betting terminals has soared above £10million in the most deprived areas.

Read the full story in The Sun.

The £1billion toll of ‘crack cocaine’ betting machines: More than 120,000 users of highly addictive fixed odds terminals could be classed as problem gamblers

Posted on February 13, 2018 by admin

More than 120,000 users of ‘crack cocaine’ betting machines could be classed as problem gamblers, a report has found.

The toll is exposed in a report by economists, who conclude that gambling on fixed-odds betting terminals is hitting the poorest parts of the country the hardest.

Read the full story in The Daily Mail.

Sexism, virtual reality and tax avoidance: What I saw at the ICE gambling

Posted on February 9, 2018 by admin

Matt Zarb-Cousin writes for the Independent:

“Despite instructions from the Gambling Commission to ‘root out the sexism’, promo girls were paraded round exhibition booths by an industry entirely detached from societal norms. This isn’t a sector used to being told what to do.”

Read the full piece in The Independent.

The crimes, the abuses and the consequences

Posted on February 8, 2018 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling shows how inadequate gambling regulations currently are when it comes to preventing crime. (more…)

Gamblers in Scotland lost more than £1billion on high stakes slot machines in less than a decade

Posted on February 4, 2018 by admin

Gamblers in Scotland lost more than £1billion on controversial high stakes slot machines in less than a decade.

The figure revealed by the Sunday Mail today comes in the wake of Theresa May’s promise to cut the maximum stake for fixed odds betting terminals.

Read the full story in The Scottish Daily Record.

End unfair offers betting sites are ordered: Three major operators told to withdraw promotions that stop customers getting their money

Posted on February 2, 2018 by admin

Three major operators were told to stop offering promotions that suck in customers but then stop them getting their money.

Ladbrokes, William Hill and PT Entertainment have now promised to halt what the Competition and Markets Authority called ‘unfair online promotions that trap players’ money.’

Read the full story in the Daily Mail.

Is it right that the sport of kings relies on subsidies from the crack cocaine of gambling?

Posted on January 31, 2018 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling addresses concerns which many have that a reduction in gambling on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) would leave the sport of horseracing short changed through a reduction in the levy it receives. (more…)