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‘The £100 spin is deadly’ TV writer and ex-gambler calls for ban on highly addictive slot machines

Posted on December 3, 2017 by admin

Jimmy McGovern has written BBC drama series Broken which explores the troubles of gambling addiction – and the scriptwriter says he wants slot machines banned.

Read the full story in The Daily Record.

Bookies squeeze £1.8bn from gamblers as crackdown looms

Posted on December 1, 2017 by admin

The amount lost on betting machines described as the “crack cocaine of gambling” has risen sharply over the past 12 months as bookmakers squeeze every last penny out of punters before a cut in the maximum stake.

Gamblers’ losses per machines rose by 6.4 per cent, according to the Gambling Commission, the biggest increase in the past five years.

Read the full story in The Times.

More gamblers ‘self-excluding’ as online betting grows

Posted on November 30, 2017 by admin

More gamblers are opting to “ban” themselves amid a rise in online betting, new figures have revealed.

Firms received almost 50,000 requests from customers asking to close their accounts last year – an increase of 7,000 on the previous.

Read the full story on BBC News.

The Gambling Commission holds a ‘Raising Standards’ Conference

Posted on November 30, 2017 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling asks questions about the Gambling Commission and the ongoing consultation into the gambling sector. (more…)

The FOBT Group in action, a Judicial Review, Northern Ireland illegality, the secret KMPG report and more

Posted on November 24, 2017 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling writes following a meeting of the APPG for Fixed Odds Betting Terminals and provides an update of the Campaign’s activities.

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Bookmaker arrested as part of probe into whether fixed odds betting terminals breach north’s gambling laws

Posted on November 23, 2017 by admin

A bookmaker has been arrested as part of a police investigation into whether fixed odds betting terminals breach the north’s gambling laws.

There are understood to be around 600 such terminals in Northern Ireland, with the six major bookmakers offering the service in their shops.

Read the full story in The Irish News.

Bookmaker arrest in gambling law probe

Posted on November 22, 2017 by admin

A bookmaker has been arrest after a PSNI investigation into whether fixed odds betting terminals are in breach of Northern Ireland gambling laws.

A file has been sent to the Public Prosecution Service which will decide if the bookmaker will be charged.

Read the full story on BBC Northern Ireland.

BBC One Spotlight – The High Stakes Game

Posted on November 21, 2017 by admin

Joined by Campaign founder Derek Webb, Conor Spackman investigates the controversy around fixed odds betting terminals, which have been dubbed the ‘crack cocaine of gambling’.

You can watch the programme back on BBC iPlayer here.

Weak proposals in the government’s gambling review strengthen case for £2 stake on FOBTs

Posted on November 14, 2017 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling comments on the DCMS review into fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) stake levels and gambling advertising.

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Bookies’ last roll of the dice before waving the white flag is to roll out their ‘white coats’

Posted on November 8, 2017 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling poses questions about the academic research into problem gambling and links to the gambling sector itself. (more…)