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Bid to rein in child betting games on net

Posted on January 14, 2018 by admin

The children’s commissioner is demanding a crackdown on online games that simulate betting amid fears that they will hook the next generation of problem gamblers.

Anne Longfield says the games, widely available on smartphones and tablets, encourage the “worst kinds of addictive behaviour” by introducing young people to the excitement and rewards of gambling even when they are not playing with real money.

Read the full story in The Times.

Shocking cost of social harm from gambling revealed with Glasgow on £35m slot machine loser

Posted on January 14, 2018 by admin

Glasgow is the UK city worst-affected by high-stakes slot machines, a new report has revealed.

Addiction to fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) costs the UK about £1.5billion in punters’ health issues, financial difficulties, relationship problems and crime, according to the study.

Read the full story in The Scottish Daily Record.

Money laundering, loan sharking, underage gambling, a betting shop murder and the pending review

Posted on January 10, 2018 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling writes about a Gambling Commission list of betting operators whose licences are at risk and argues that betting shops are no longer the safest place to gamble. (more…)

FOBT supplier behind gambling apps on Facebook accessible to children

Posted on January 4, 2018 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling comments on a news story about gambling type apps appearing on social media, which raised concerns that children are being exposed to ‘a risk of addiction’. (more…)

Gambling-style Facebook apps used by young

Posted on December 28, 2017 by admin

Gambling-style apps which target young people are being offered on Facebook without any checks on age.

Read the full story in The Times.

Gambling-style apps offered on Facebook without age checks

Posted on December 27, 2017 by admin

The company behind thousands of the UK’s fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) is offering gambling-style apps on Facebook without age checks, prompting allegations that children are being exposed to the risk of addiction.

Earlier this month, the industry watchdog warned that more than 60,000 children were either gambling addicts or were in danger of becoming hooked. Experts have warned that games mimicking real-life gambling are the “number one risk factor” for developing a problem later in life.

Read the full story in The Guardian.

If the bookies can’t even run a self-exclusion scheme, what hope for preventing harm?

Posted on December 20, 2017 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling asks questions about the effectiveness of the Multi-Operator Self Exclusion Scheme (MOSES) operated by bookmakers. (more…)

Gambling addicts still hooked on machines as bookies fail to enforce scheme

Posted on December 17, 2017 by admin

A government scheme that is meant to allow staff at betting shops to bar problem gamblers has drawn fresh criticism after an investigation found that addicts are still being allowed to bet.

An undercover reporter posing as a known problem gambler who should have been ejected from bookmakers when attempting to use fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) was asked to leave only two out of 21 betting shops.

Read the full story in The Guardian.

The Guardian view on teenage gambling: staking on dopamine

Posted on December 17, 2017 by admin

The worlds of late childhood and early adolescence are absorbing, often overwhelming, and at best partially accessible to the adults orbiting them. So it is shocking, but not perhaps surprising, to discover that around 25,000 11-to-16-year-olds are problem gamblers according to new research. Another 36,000 are at risk of developing a problem.

Read the full story in The Guardian.

The offshore money says the government is bluffing!

Posted on December 14, 2017 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling looks at the most recent developments in the debate around problem gambling including a new group Labour for Gambling Reform which has recently had its first meeting. (more…)