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Primary Activity: Bookie’s showing the true colour of their money

Posted on March 22, 2012 by admin

It has been evident for some years that FOBT or B2 machine activity is exceeding over-the-counter activity in betting shops. Reviewing Ladbrokes recent accounts, it is apparent that over 80% of the turnover it generated is now from FOBTs, compared to under 20% from traditional betting.

Whilst it is accepted that the win figures from FOTB and over-the-counter betting activities are closer to 50% each, the fact that the machines generate four times as much turnover than the betting is indicative of problems they cause. These figures surely show beyond reasonable doubt the addictive and potentially harmful nature of these machines. (more…)

About time too!

Posted on August 2, 2011 by admin

In its latest effort to change gambling legislation for the better the Fairer Gambling Campaign is playing a proactive role in the Culture, Media and Sport Committee’s new inquiry into gambling. The inquiry will be looking at the implementation and operation of the Gambling Act 2005 focusing on whether the Act’s three main objectives are being adhered to (gambling is crime free, conducted in a fair and open manner, and protecting children and vulnerable people from its adverse elements). (more…)

Premises reminders don’t work

Posted on May 19, 2011 by admin

The Fairer Gambling campaign has warned the Gambling Commission that it can issue as many premises reminders as it wishes, but until it puts the correct policing measures in place nothing will change.

The notices – aimed at betting shops who were not complying with the Commission’s License Conditions and Codes of Practice – have been issued by the Gambling Commission to remind betting shop operators that betting must be the primary gambling activity on-site. (more…)

A View From the International Conference on Gambling Studies

Posted on May 6, 2011 by admin

Representatives from the Fairer Gambling campaign attended the International Conference on Gambling Studies at the Nottingham Conference centre this month. The event brought together academics from around the world and offered a snapshot of the gambling theories currently being explored by the academic community. It turned out to be a very interesting experience for all that attended. (more…)

Machines in the spotlight

Posted on January 20, 2011 by admin

We recently issued a press release regarding a recent announcement made by the UK Gambling Commission that it will develop research into problem gambling and put gaming machines in the spotlight. See our release below…

Industry expert welcomes UK Gambling Commission announcement that puts machines in the spotlight

Gambling industry expert, inventor of Three Card Poker, and the manager of Prime Table Games, Derek Webb has welcomed the UK Gambling Commission’s recent announcement that it will develop research into problem gambling and put gaming machines in the spotlight.  (more…)

The question the bookmakers avoided

Posted on November 18, 2010 by admin

Members of the gambling industry, Haringey Councillors and residents came together on Wednesday 10 November for the Haringey Council Overview and Scrutiny Committee investigation of the clustering of betting shops in the area, and we were able to also attend the proceedings.

The meeting, split into two sessions, provided a great opportunity for residents and the industry to openly discuss the problem with the clustering of betting shops and the reasons behind it. (more…)

Bookmakers Targeting Vulnerable Demographics

Posted on November 9, 2010 by admin

It’s a safe assumption that bookmakers are targeting certain demographics of the population when they decide where to open new betting shops. This targeting is made clear when you consider that the ratio of betting shops per head of population in the UK is several times higher in urban areas, like Haringey where a landmark review is taking place, compared with rural areas. (more…)

The clustering of betting shops

Posted on November 8, 2010 by admin

The upcoming review of the clustering of betting shops in Haringey is an important milestone in the fairer gambling campaign, and we are fully focussed on raising our concerns over the bookmakers’ motivations to open more shops in close proximity, and the repercussions for Haringey’s residents.

In 2009, there were 2,095 gambling licenses in operation in London – 70 of which were in Haringey – Green Lanes Parade has nine shops within 350 metres of each other. There have also been almost 750 public-order offences related to gambling premises over the past two years in Haringey alone – more than one a day. So we have no idea how CEO of William Hill, Ralph Topping, can justify his claims that betting shops are bringing benefits to the area. (more…)

Fairer Gambling

Posted on November 3, 2010 by admin

The Fairer Gambling campaign focused on getting its message across at the review of betting shop clustering in Haringey. We worked hard to get all of the key information to the participants ahead of the discussion on November 10, and raised our concerns over the bookmakers’ motivation to open more shops and the potential repercussions for the people of Haringey.

One focus for the review is to question why there are so many betting shops in Haringey. Once you consider all the facts the answer to this question is actually quite straight forward. It is also indicative of a wider problem surrounding a lack of effective legislation in the UK. The gaming regulations permit a maximum of four betting machines per shop and, based on the bookmakers annual accounts, it turns out that these machines provide the betting shops with around half of their revenue. It is easy to understand, then, that the bookmakers are just maximising profits by having more machines – albeit in multiple locations in close proximity. (more…)