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Why the Queen’s Speech tells us FOBT stake reduction to £2 is more likely

Posted on June 22, 2017 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling reflects on the Queen’s Speech and looks ahead to any future policy changes on fixed odds betting terminal stake levels. (more…)

Maidenhead gamblers lost £2m on fixed-odds betting terminals in 2016

Posted on June 18, 2017 by admin

Figures have revealed gamblers in Maidenhead lost nearly £2m on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBT) in 2016 alone.

Data from Bacta, the trade association for the amusement and arcade gaming machine industry, shows £1,959,457 was lost on FOBTs in a total of 10 bookmakers with 37 FOBT machines in the area. Between 2008-2016, £13,275,046 was lost in total.

Read the full story in The Maidenhead Advertiser.

Children as young as 11 years gambling in North East Lincolnshire

Posted on June 16, 2017 by admin

Children as young as 11 in the Grimsby area are starting their gambling careers online.

And North East Lincolnshire has one of the highest number of gambling premises in the country – turning them into “the crack cocaine of the High Street.”

Read the full story in The Grimsby Telegraph.

Gambling industry bets hung parliament will lead to tougher action on fixed-odds terminals

Posted on June 12, 2017 by admin

The UK’s hung Parliament is more likely to mean an aggressive cut to the size of stakes allowed on gambling machines – a move that could hit revenues across the industry, experts have said.

Punters can bet up to £100 a time on fixed odds betting terminals, known as FOBTs, but MPs had been considering whether to reduce this level as part of a wider triennial review of the gambling industry by the government.

Read the full story in The Telegraph.

Bosses under fire for telling staff to vote Tory or risk losing jobs

Posted on June 12, 2017 by admin

Two company bosses have come under fire for telling staff to vote Conservative or risk losing their jobs, including one who described as “banter” a warning that “Labour voters will be made redundant first”.

The GMB union branded John Brooker as Dickensian after he apparently told employees at his IT firm Storm Technologies to vote Conservative “if you value your job.”

Social media users labelled betting firm Jenningsbet disgusting after staff were told the company could go bust, costing them their jobs, unless the Tories won.

Read the full story in The Guardian.

Conservatives must now act on betting shop gaming machines after election

Posted on June 9, 2017 by admin

There was scarcely an odds-on chance in the main elections markets on Thursday morning that was not turned over when the votes were counted a few hours later, and shares in William Hill and Ladbrokes Coral plc rose steadily on Friday morning. Bookies love nothing more than a shock result.

The firms with off-course shops will have also welcomes the prediction by one industry analyst that the long-awaited review of stake levels in gaming machines may now be delayed still further, perhaps until the autumn. In the meantime, thousands of the Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) gaming machines will continue to rake in huge risk-free profits by offering punters the chance to gamble £100 every 20 seconds.

Read the full story in The Guardian.

Minority government worsens industry outlook on FOBT stakes

Posted on June 9, 2017 by admin

The power of an “anti-FOBT parliament” to shape the decision of the ongoing cross-party review following last night’s election result has increased “the likelihood of a more painful position” for the industry when it comes to setting the maximum stake level, a leading analyst has told iGaming Business.

Read the full story in iGaming Business.

Whatever the election result, Fairer Gambling wins

Posted on June 7, 2017 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling assesses the different manifesto pledges on fixed odds betting terminals and suggests that both Theresa May or Jeremy Corbyn would take action on FOBT stake reduction. (more…)

Tories have ‘shameful record’ on FOBT gambling, says Labour

Posted on June 6, 2017 by admin

The Labour party has accused the government of failing to act on fixed-odds betting terminals, after data showed that gamblers’ losses are largest in deprived areas and opposition-held constituencies.

A breakdown of estimated losses by parliamentary constituency shows that areas where voters chose Labour in the 2015 election make up eight of the top 10 most affected. Of 62 constituencies where gamblers lost more than £5m in 2015-16, 47 are Labour, five are Scottish National party areas and 10 are Conservative.

Read the full story in The Guardian.

Brits lose a record £13.8billion on gambling as we risk becoming a nation of addicts

Posted on June 3, 2017 by admin

We are at risk of becoming a nation of gambling addicts as new figures show we lose £300 per person every year through the habit.

Brits lost a record £13.8billion in the year ending September 2016 as more players than ever before lose millions on machines in betting shops.

Read the full story in The Daily Mirror.