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Gamblers pumped £21.8 million into FOBT betting machines last year

Posted on August 30, 2017 by admin

Gamblers pumped over £21.8 million into fixed-odds betting terminals at bookies across West Lothian last year – £1.7 million more than the previous year.

The shocking figures from Campaign for Fairer Gambling show that punters lost over £5.4 million in 2016 alone placing bets at the 132 FOBT machines stationed in 35 betting shops in the area.

Read the full story in The Daily Record.

Problem gamblers place up to 90 bets a day and bet in middle of night

Posted on August 30, 2017 by admin

People with online gambling problems spend an average of £98 a day, place up to 90 bets and are more likely to gamble in the middle of the night, according to a new report.

That compares with just £14 among those not considered to be at risk, who typically place between two and seven punts on a day when they bet, the charity Gamble Aware said.

Read the full story on The Guardian.

Gambling with lives: Expert blasts bookies’ betting machines as it emerges Scots have spent £1.1bn on them in eight years

Posted on August 28, 2017 by admin

A gambling addiction expert has hit out at bookies’ betting machines – after it was revealed Scots have blown £1.1billion on them in just eight years.

Tony Marini was appalled by the Campaign for Fairer Gambling’s estimate of the total amount lost on the fixed odds terminals between 2008 and 2016.

Read the full story in The Scottish Sun.

Victoria Coren Mitchell: High street betting must clean up its act

Posted on August 27, 2017 by admin

Victoria Coren Mitchell writes another column in the Guardian about problem gambling:

“Since my column last week about fixed-odds betting terminals, I’ve been getting hundreds of messages a day. Ninety-five percent of them agree with my view that these high-stakes modern slot machines should be restricted. I don’t think I’ve ever written a column that encountered more assent – or less dissent – apart from the one about “funeral crashers” who skulked around misleading the bereaved in hope of free booze. Not many people came out in support of those guys.”

Read the full story in The Guardian.

I was addicted to gambling machines at 16, and despite clear evidence the industry refuses to accept that there’s a problem

Posted on August 27, 2017 by admin

A report by the Gambling Commission published this week showed an increase from 280,000 problem gamblers in 2012, to 430,000 in 2015. Despite this, the Gambling Commission and the Association of British Bookmakers describer problem gambling rates as “stable”. But such an increase should alarm policy makers, and the findings are timely as we approach the Government’s gambling review in October.

Read the full story in The Independent.

BBC Radio 5 Live – August 24th 2017

Posted on August 25, 2017 by admin

Following the publication of data compiled by the Gambling Commission – the body that regulates and licences the gambling industry in the United Kingdom – showing that the number of problem gamblers has risen to more than 400,000, Radio 5 Live looks at FOBTs and whether they should have the stakes slashed.

First up, Tim Miller from the Gambling Commission discusses the new report, and Campaign spokesperson Matt Zarb-Cousin talks about the devastating impact gambling addiction can have. Listen back to their interview at 1 hour 7 minutes.

Second, Carolyn Harris MP of the All Party Parliamentary Group takes on the Association of British Bookmakers in their interview. Listen back to the piece at 2 hours 7 minutes.

‘The temptation is always there’: readers on the rise of problem gamblers in the UK

Posted on August 25, 2017 by admin

The number of British problems gamblers has grown by a third rising to more than 400,000 according to a report by the Gambling Commission.

There has also been an increase in addiction among those who play fixed-odds betting terminals, with some betting shops criticised for allowing customers to spend up to £100 every 20 seconds.

Read the full story in The Guardian.

More than two million people could turn into gambling addicts: Regulator warns huge expansion in online betting has left 4% of the population ‘at risk’

Posted on August 25, 2017 by admin

More than two million people are addicted to gambling or at risk of developing a problem, regulators have warned.

A huge expansion in online betting sites has left almost 4 per cent of the population ‘at risk’ said the Gambling Commission.

Read the full story in the Daily Mail.

Problem gambling grows by 50% in three years

Posted on August 25, 2017 by admin

The scale of the gambling epidemic sweeping Britain was laid bare yesterday by official figures showing that 430,000 people in the UK have a serious gambling problem, up from 280,000 in 2012.

A 50 per cent increase in three years has raised pressure on the government to place curbs on the betting industry. Excluding the National Lottery, the number of people who gamble has jumped by almost a million, according to the Gambling Commission research.

Read the full story in The Times.

More than two million Brits have a problem with gambling

Posted on August 25, 2017 by admin

More than two million people in Britain may be problem gamblers, research claims.

The figures have sparked calls for the Government to do more to tackle gambling addiction.

Read the full story in The Sun.