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Stowmarket drug user robbed betting shop to get help with his addiction

Posted on May 4, 2017 by admin

A Stowmarket drug user who robbed a betting shop afterwards told police that he had done it to get help with his addiction.

Martin Everdell, 35, threatened a worker at the town’s Coral Bookmakers, in the Market Place, while armed with a knife and got away with £140.

Ipswich Crown Court heard that Everdell, of The Grove, Stowmarket, walked into the shop on the evening of March 26 with a scarf covering his face.

Read more the full story in the Bury Free Press

Will any party manifesto dare to ignore the £50 billion black hole?

Posted on April 27, 2017 by admin

Any manifesto commitment other than a £2 maximum stake will be going soft on the bookies, says the Campaign for Fairer Gambling.  (more…)

Bookies profiting illegally from underage gamblers says Fairer Gambling Campaign

Posted on April 20, 2017 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling ask questions about the high street betting shops which allow young people to gamble without properly checking ID. (more…)

Problem gambling ‘takes a £30bn toll on nation’s happiness’, says study

Posted on April 19, 2017 by admin

Can you put a price on misery? When it comes to problem gambling the answer, apparently, is yes.

A team of economists has calculated that if the UK’s hundreds of thousands of problem gamblers were to be cured of their addictions, the boost to the nation’s collective happiness would be equivalent to a £30bn windfall.

The work, based on an analysis of 10,000 adult gamblers presented at last week’s Royal Economic Society’s annual conference, suggests that around 0.7% of adults, about a third of a million people, are now classified as problem gamblers.

Read the full story in The Guardian

Bookies’ scaremongering over betting shop closures

Posted on April 12, 2017 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling asks questions about projections of betting shop closures which could take place if changes to fixed odds betting terminal stake levels are brought in by the Government. (more…)

Bookmakers fail to check ages of young gamblers

Posted on April 12, 2017 by admin

High street bookmakers are flouting age-check rules for users of betting machines linked to a rise in problem gambling, an undercover investigation has found.

Teenage “mystery shoppers” were able to use fixed-odds betting terminals without being challenged in 65 out of 108 shops run by some of the largest gambling chains. FOBTs, known as the “crack cocaine of gambling”, allow players to stake up to £100 every 20 seconds on casino games such as roulette and bingo. Last year punters lost £1.8 billion on the machines, according to the Gambling Commission.

Read the full story in The Times

Betting shops must learn to live with curbs on ‘dangerous’ high-stakes machines, trade body warns

Posted on April 11, 2017 by admin

The betting industry is “scaremongering” and must learn to live with forthcoming curbs on “dangerous” high-stakes gambling machines, a high-profile trade body has argued.

Bacta, the trade association for the UK’s amusement and gaming machine industry, has criticised research published by the bookmaking industry suggesting thousands of high street shops could close if the Government is overly punitive when it rules on the maximum punters can stake at one time on so-called “fixed odds betting terminals”, or FOBTs.

Read the full story in The Telegraph

Bookies wait for outcome on fixed-odds stakes

Posted on April 11, 2017 by admin

Bookmakers have bet on unlikely saviours — Brexit, the Treasury, even the Queen — to halt a regulatory raid on earnings at Britain’s largest gambling companies.

Such hopes appear to be long shots as the government prepares to announce the findings of a review into the gambling industry that is threatening to upend the sector.

Among the issues being addressed by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport is the perceived harm caused by fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) — gambling machines within betting shops which offer games like roulette.

Read the full story in the Financial Times

A Westminster talking shop forgetting to listen to the elephant!

Posted on April 6, 2017 by admin

Campaign for Fairer Gambling founder Derek Webb criticises a recent event to discuss gambling policy which failed to address the issue of addiction to fixed odds betting terminals. (more…)

The research, the data, the caveats, the questions

Posted on April 6, 2017 by admin

Derek Webb, founder of the Campaign for Fairer Gambling provides more context to the FOBT fiasco.  (more…)