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Bookies bracing for profit shock as fixed-odds betting stake looks set for cut to £2

Posted on January 21, 2018 by admin

Bookies are bracing themselves for their profits to be slashed – after it emerged that the Government is set to cut the maximum stake on fixed odds betting terminals to just £2.

Following a 12-week consultation which closes on Tuesday, Matt Hancock, the new Culture Secretary, is expected to impose the lowest maximum bet suggested by the review into the “crack cocaine” of the gambling sector.

Read the full story in The Telegraph.

£2 limit to curb ‘crack cocaine’ of gambling

Posted on January 21, 2018 by admin

The maximum stake on fixed odds betting terminals – dubbed the crack cocaine of high street gambling – is set to be slashed to £2 after the new culture secretary, Matt Hancock, decided the machines were a ‘social blight’.

Ministers have announced plans to cut the £100 maximum bet to between £2 and £50. A public consultation ends on Tuesday.

Read the full story in The Times.

Maximum stake on ‘crack-cocaine’ betting terminals ‘will be slashed to £2 after new Culture Secretary rules they are social blight’

Posted on January 21, 2018 by admin

The maximum stake which can be bet on so-called ‘crack cocaine’ fixed-odds betting terminals will be slashed to £2, it has been reported.

The new Culture Secretary Matt Hancock is said to have come down in favour of the decision after deciding the machines are a ‘social blight’.

Read the full story in The Daily Mail.

Reducing gambling harm

Posted on January 18, 2018 by admin

Derek Webb, founder and funder of the Campaign for Fairer Gambling and Stop the FOBTs responds to a recent PR Week UK article.

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Bid to rein in child betting games on net

Posted on January 14, 2018 by admin

The children’s commissioner is demanding a crackdown on online games that simulate betting amid fears that they will hook the next generation of problem gamblers.

Anne Longfield says the games, widely available on smartphones and tablets, encourage the “worst kinds of addictive behaviour” by introducing young people to the excitement and rewards of gambling even when they are not playing with real money.

Read the full story in The Times.

Shocking cost of social harm from gambling revealed with Glasgow on £35m slot machine loser

Posted on January 14, 2018 by admin

Glasgow is the UK city worst-affected by high-stakes slot machines, a new report has revealed.

Addiction to fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) costs the UK about £1.5billion in punters’ health issues, financial difficulties, relationship problems and crime, according to the study.

Read the full story in The Scottish Daily Record.

Money laundering, loan sharking, underage gambling, a betting shop murder and the pending review

Posted on January 10, 2018 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling writes about a Gambling Commission list of betting operators whose licences are at risk and argues that betting shops are no longer the safest place to gamble. (more…)

FOBT supplier behind gambling apps on Facebook accessible to children

Posted on January 4, 2018 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling comments on a news story about gambling type apps appearing on social media, which raised concerns that children are being exposed to ‘a risk of addiction’. (more…)

Gambling-style Facebook apps used by young

Posted on December 28, 2017 by admin

Gambling-style apps which target young people are being offered on Facebook without any checks on age.

Read the full story in The Times.

Gambling-style apps offered on Facebook without age checks

Posted on December 27, 2017 by admin

The company behind thousands of the UK’s fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) is offering gambling-style apps on Facebook without age checks, prompting allegations that children are being exposed to the risk of addiction.

Earlier this month, the industry watchdog warned that more than 60,000 children were either gambling addicts or were in danger of becoming hooked. Experts have warned that games mimicking real-life gambling are the “number one risk factor” for developing a problem later in life.

Read the full story in The Guardian.