News & views

I managed to blow £500 in less than an hour on the ‘crack cocaine of gambling’

Posted on December 9, 2013 by admin

There’s something magical about proper roulette – choosing your favourite numbers, placing your chips on the green baize.

Then an expectant hush followed by the croupier’s spin and the whiz and ­clatter of the ball as it settles.

But I found there was no magic in playing the game on a controversial casino-style machine at a bookies – especially as I blew £500 in just 48 minutes.

The Sunday People is campaigning for tough regulations to control fixed odds betting terminals, on which punters can lose up to £100 in 20 seconds. So I decided to try one for myself.

Read more in the Mirror here.

Punters gamble £2 in betting shop gaming machines for every £3 going into the NHS

Posted on December 9, 2013 by admin

Punters are gambling £2 in betting shop gaming machines for every £3 going into their local NHS .

Former Cabinet minister John Denham is furious that £200million went into the Fixed Odds Betting Terminals in his Southampton Labour constituency last year.

Spending on doctors and hospitals is £280million. Mr Denham said: “Nobody begrudges people a bit of fun, but the Government needs to act urgently.

Read the full story in the Mirror here.

Time to ban FOBTs and deliver fairer gambling

Posted on December 9, 2013 by admin

Fixed Odds Betting Terminals a.k.a. ‘FOBTs’, have long since been known as the “crack cocaine” of the high street. The campaign to have these machines either severely regulated or banned alltogether has recently been gaining pace. The Daily Mail ran an article this week stating that Gamblers wagered a staggering £46billion on betting terminals last year – nearly 50 per cent up in four years. This is a worrying increase.

Read the full blog post from Malcolm Clarke, Chairman of the North West Durham Labour Party, here.

Britons gamble £46 billion on betting machines

Posted on December 6, 2013 by admin

Britons gambled £46 billion on betting terminals last year, an increase of almost 50 per cent in the last four years.

Gamblers lose up to £100 every 20 seconds on the fixed odds machines, campaigners say, and they have been dubbed the “crack cocaine” of the high street.

Almost 600,000 under 18s were stopped in or trying to enter betting shops last year, six times as many as 2009, figures from the Gambling Commission show.

Read the full article in the Telegraph.

Labour fails to secure bookies’ roulette machine rethink

Posted on December 6, 2013 by admin

Labour has failed in an attempt to force ministers to restrict the stakes and prizes on roulette machines in bookmakers shops.

MPs voted to back a government decision to keep the maximum punters can bet per spin at £100.

Read the full story on BBC Online.

Brits bet £46bn on gambling machines every year

Posted on December 6, 2013 by admin

Punters can lose up to £100 every 20 seconds on the casino-style slot machines dubbed the “crack cocaine” of the betting industry.

Gambling Commission figures show bookies made £1.55bn profit from the terminals last year. The Commission also found 6,000 children were stopped trying to use betting shops, six times as many as just four years ago.

Read the full story here.

Coalition fails to curb ‘menace’ of FOBTs

Posted on December 6, 2013 by admin

Punters can lose up to £100 every 20 seconds on the casino-style slot machines dubbed the “crack cocaine” of the betting industry.

Gambling Commission figures show bookies made £1.55bn profit from the terminals last year. The Commission also found 6,000 children were stopped trying to use betting shops, six times as many as just four years ago.

Read the full story here.

Another Clegg betrayal: Now he’s accused of U-turn over curbs on gambling machines

Posted on December 6, 2013 by admin

Nick Clegg was yesterday accused of a betrayal on gambling reminiscent of his U-turn on tuition fees as Liberal Democrats refused to act to curb fixed odds betting machines.

The Deputy Prime Minister had posed for pictures in March alongside campaigners trying to reduce the stakes and payouts on the machines where punters can lose £100 every  20 seconds.

Read more in the Daily Mail here.

Campaign slams vote on roulette machines

Posted on December 5, 2013 by admin

Stop the FOBTs campaigners today expressed disappointment at the Government’s failure to listen to evidence on the damage caused by Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs). MPs voted in favour of implementing the recommendations from the recent review into gaming machine stakes and prizes, which will allow the roulette machines in betting shops to keep the £100 maximum stake, rather than adopting the precautionary principle and reducing the stake to £2. (more…)

MPs vote on whether to ban FOBTs

Posted on December 4, 2013 by admin

MPs have been voting on whether to ban fixed-odds betting terminals, which critics say are wrecking people’s lives. Read a report by Rebecca Barry featuring Campaign Consultant Matt Zarb-Cousin.