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Inverness gambler stole £7,000 and blew it in a day

Posted on February 6, 2015 by admin

A SHOPWORKER addicted to high-stakes betting machines stole more than £7,000 and blew most of it in less than a day.

Richard MacPhee, 39, was told to bank the week’s takings when his convenience store boss went on holiday.

But instead he kept £7,295 and went into a branch of William Hill with all the bank notes, feeding a roulette machine until all the money was gone.

Read the full story in the Scottish Express online.

Betting shop machines ruin lives, says boss of Britain’s biggest casino

Posted on February 3, 2015 by admin

The owner of Britain’s largest casino has hit out at betting shops for ‘destroying the high street’ and said he is lobbying politicians to crack down on controversial fixed odds betting machines.

Simon Thomas, who spent £45million restoring the London Hippodrome in Leicester Square, said: ‘It was always accepted that gambling which had the highest stakes and prizes should be the most heavily taxed and regulated, and that casinos were the right place for this.

Read the full article in This is Money online.

Revealed: Betting terminals have become bookies’ biggest earner raking in £1.5billion

Posted on February 3, 2015 by admin

THE machines – dubbed the crack cocaine of gambling – let punters stake up to £100 every 20 seconds on roulette, poker and blackjack games.

Fixed odds betting terminals have faced criticism from politicians and campaigners who want to ban them.

The machines – dubbed the crack cocaine of gambling – let punters stake up to £100 every 20 seconds on roulette, poker and blackjack games.

Read the full article in The Daily Record online.

Betting machine players gamble £37m in region

Posted on February 3, 2015 by admin

GAMBLERS in North Shropshire spent a staggering £37 million on in-store betting machines in the region over the course of a year.

The astounding figures for 2013/14 were revealed by the Campaign for Fairer Gambling who collated data from the nine betting shops in the region who host the controversial fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs).

Read the full article in Border Counties Advertizer online

Labour targets slot machines

Posted on January 26, 2015 by admin

THE spread of addictive casino slot machines labelled the “crack cocaine of gambling” would be halted under a Labour government in Scotland, the party has pledged.

Fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) — high-speed, high-stake gaming machines — have already been banned in Ireland amid concerns that gamblers can lose up to £100 on them every 20 seconds.

Read the full article in The Sunday Times online.

Betting firms roll the dice on self-policing problem gambling

Posted on January 26, 2015 by admin

The country’s biggest gambling companies will this week bet heavily on self-regulation, highlighting the steps they have taken to protect customers in danger of developing gambling problems including a mandatory time limit on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs).

The betting companies, hit by a raft of tax increases and growing political scrutiny over the past two years, have also bankrolled a new watchdog named the Senet Group and will this week cover their 8,000 shop fronts with messages about betting responsibly as part of an industry-wide “gamble aware week”.

Read the full article in The Daily Telegraph online.

Bookies campaign for responsible gambling

Posted on January 23, 2015 by admin

Britain’s biggest bookmakers are banking on the rock band Ram Jam’s 1977 hit Black Betty to help them persuade young men to gamble more responsibly.

A £2 million television advertising campaign using a take on the soundtrack will kick off on Friday in what is being claimed as an industry first for the gambling sector.

Read the full article in The Times online.

Australian Academic criticises Association of British Bookmakers’ Code of Conduct on its anniversary

Posted on December 10, 2014 by admin

On the anniversary of the Association of British Bookmakers’ (ABB) Code for Responsible Gambling and Player Protection, leading Australian academic, Charles Livingstone, has criticised self-regulation and player protection measures as being of low efficacy.

Introduced at last year’s Responsible Gambling Trust “Harm Minimisation” conference, the voluntary code of conduct was designed to placate public and political pressure over fixed odds betting terminals – the roulette machines in betting shops capable of taking bets of up to £100 every 20 seconds. This year’s conference is taking place today and one year on, there appears to have been no improvement in player protection on FOBTs. (more…)

Listen to a discussion on BBC Radio 4 on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals

Posted on December 1, 2014 by admin

Nearly 100 councils in England are demanding the Government reduce the stake gamblers can place on fixed-odd betting machines. Currently a single roulette spin can cost £100, councils want to reduce that to £2.
Listen to the discussion on BBC Radio 4 from 35 minutes 40 seconds.

Limit ‘crack cocaine’ gambling machine bets to £2, say councils

Posted on November 25, 2014 by admin

Betting shops could be forced to radically cut the amount of money that can be gambled on controversial Fixed Odds Betting Machines (FOBTs), according to proposal set to be put forward by local councils this week.

The Independent can reveal that Newham council in east London is set to lead 80 councils in a campaign which aims to force Government to step in to reduce the stakes at which gamblers can play the machines, which have been labelled the “crack cocaine of gambling”.

Read the full article in The Independent online.