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Campaign for Fairer Gambling responds to publication of the government’s gambling review

Posted on October 31, 2017 by admin

Following the release of the consultation on proposals for changes to Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility Measures by DCMS this morning, spokesperson for Fairer Gambling said:

“We welcome the next stage of the government’s review of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals, social responsibility and advertising. The options indicate that the government will consider reducing the maximum stake on FOBTs to £2 a spin. We are confident that, when all the evidence has been considered, £2 will be judged to be the most appropriate level.”

Gambling addict who lost £1 million calls for better protection of vulnerable players

Posted on October 30, 2017 by admin

A former British Army officer who lost almost £1 million through gambling believes the Government has “a lot more to do” to protect players.

Read and watch the full piece back on ITV News.

Bookmakers braced for fixed-odds betting terminal restrictions

Posted on October 30, 2017 by admin

Bookmakers are bracing for restrictions on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) and a new requirement to fund a problem gambling awareness campaign, as part of a government review to be published early this week.

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport is preparing to publish a narrow range of options for reducing the maximum stake on FOBTs, which allow gamblers to place bets of up to £100 every 20 seconds.

Read the full story in The Guardian.

Gambling machines set for maximum stake cut

Posted on October 30, 2017 by admin

Ministers are about to recommend a cut in the maximum stake on betting machines known as the “crack cocaine of gambling”.

Hundreds of millions of pounds will be wiped from bookmakers’ profits when the government announces its plans before the stock market opens tomorrow, according to sources close to the official review of stakes and prizes.

Read the full story in The Times.

Gamblers face betting limit on high street machines under a crackdown to stop new generation of addicts

Posted on October 29, 2017 by admin

Gamblers could be limited to betting £20 a time on high street machines under a crackdown to be unveiled this week.

Ministers are to lower the maximum £100 stake on terminals in bookies amid claims they are creating a generation of addicts.

Read the full story in The Sun.

Government to unveil crackdown on bookies over £300-a-minute betting machines

Posted on October 29, 2017 by admin

Ministers will this week unveil a clampdown on fixed-odds betting terminals that could slash hundreds of millions of pounds from bookmakers’ profits.

Read the full story in The Times.

Victory over ‘crack cocaine’ gambling machines is one step closer as £100 stakes to be outlawed

Posted on October 28, 2017 by admin

Sports Minister Tracey Crouch is to unveil her long-awaited review this week into the harm and misery addictive fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) can cause.

The Department of Culture is keeping details – that cannot be released until markets open – closely under wraps.

Read the full story in The Daily Mirror.

Gambling addict who spent more than £1 million on habit calls for tougher Government regulation

Posted on October 27, 2017 by admin

More regulation of the gambling industry is needed, a gambling addict who lost his son, his wife and his home due to his thousands of pounds per week habit, has told ITV News.

Tony Franklin’s warning comes ahead of the Government’s long-awaited review into the controversial industry.

Read the full story and watch the video report on ITV News.

The government’s FOBT review is imminent – but bookies were a no-show on Sky News

Posted on October 26, 2017 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling’s Matt Zarb-Cousin writes in advance of of the government’s expected announcement on stake reduction for fixed odds betting terminals. (more…)

Gambling campaigner argues for greater regulation of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals

Posted on October 24, 2017 by admin

Former gambling addict and campaigner Matt Zarb-Cousin tells his own story to Sky News – in his own words – and makes the case for tighter regulation of fixed odds betting terminals. He then debates the issues with Christopher Snowdon of the Institute for Economic Analysis.

Watch Matt’s story here, and watch the debate here.