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BBC Radio Shropshire: Derek Webb discusses the impact of FOBTs

Posted on September 30, 2013 by admin

Listen to Derek Webb, founder of the Campaign for Fairer Gambling and Stop the FOBTs, discuss the ‘crack cocaine of gambling’ with Eric Smith and Clare Ashford on BBC Radio Shropshire’s Breakfast Show online – from 1:41:00.

Gambling addict calls for stricter FOBT laws

Posted on September 30, 2013 by admin

A gambling addict who lost a month’s salary in a few hours on betting machines at the height of his addiction says stricter laws must be brought in.

Roger Radler, from High Wycombe, says FOBTs (Fixed-Odds Betting Terminals) are as addictive as “crack cocaine”.

Mr Radler said he could “bet £100 every 10 seconds” on the roulette games.

Derek Webb, a Derby millionaire who made his money from gambling and inventing Three Card Poker, is funding a campaign to ban FOBTs.

Read the full article on BBC News online.

High stakes casino games are ‘crack cocaine of gambling’

Posted on September 30, 2013 by admin

Betting shops have witnessed a surge in people playing on high stakes gaming machines in recent years.

As many people are gambling on Fixed-Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) as those betting on horse racing or football matches over the counter.

Inside Out meets Roger Radler from High Wycombe who became hooked on the machines before going into therapy.

He is now trying to help other addicts beat what he calls the “crack cocaine of the betting industry”.

Read the full article and watch the interview with Roger Radler on BBC news online.

BBC Radio West Midlands: Derek Webb discusses the impact of FOBTS

Posted on September 28, 2013 by admin

Listen to Derek Webb, founder of the Campaign for Fairer Gambling and Stop the FOBTs, discuss the ‘crack cocaine of gambling’ with Pete Morgan at Breakfast on BBC West Midlands online – from 1:18:00.

£5 billion gambled on betting shop roulette machines across the Midlands

Posted on September 25, 2013 by admin

Latest estimates of gambling on betting shop roulette machines released by the Campaign for Fairer Gambling have shown that across the Midlands region £5 billion was gambled. [1]

With over 1,196 betting shops and 4,373 roulette machines, known as fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs), the Midlands is estimated to have contributed £165 million to the betting industry’s £1.5 billion profits from FOBTs, which have been described as the most addictive gambling product in the UK.

The continuing controversy over the bookmakers’ roulette machines, which are currently being reviewed by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, has resulted in Members of Parliament across the country calling for action. (more…)

Campaign beats bookies 7-2 in advertising row

Posted on September 25, 2013 by admin

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) today rejected seven out of nine complaints made by the Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) about advertisements run by the Campaign for Fairer Gambling around the time of the Corby by-election in November 2012.

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling advertised in regional newspaper the Northamptonshire Telegraph, which is read by constituents and potential voters. It brought to their attention the subject of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs), their addictive roulette content and the social and financial implications of gambling addiction.

The advertisement also encouraged voters to ask their by-election candidates for their stance on FOBTs and problem gambling. The advertisement drew complaints from the ABB on a number of points relating to the addictive nature of FOBTs, the ability to stake £100 every 20 seconds and a faster speed of play compared to casinos. (more…)

Financial Times letter: “Raising the stakes to limit ‘addictive’ betting terminals”

Posted on September 23, 2013 by admin

From Mr Derek Webb.

Sir, As campaigners against fixed odds betting terminals (FoBTs), we are very concerned to read comments by the Responsible Gambling Trust (“Academics to study online betting risks”, September 17). The RGT is not independent, it is industry-funded and the majority of trustees appear to be industry representatives or persons who support industry positions.

Their current research is not specific to FoBTs, but into all “category B” machines in any premises. RGT members have already expressed the delusional position that problem gambling is neither induced by the gambling activity, its marketing nor its accessibility.

Read the full letter on the Financial Times online here. (Please note registration required)

LGiU: Betting shops are a growing problem, so let’s work together to solve it

Posted on September 20, 2013 by admin

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling writes for LGiU on the growing problem of betting shops on our high streets

The high speed, high stakes casino gaming machines in betting shops now constantly in the news have been described as “the crack cocaine of gambling”, and evidence suggests they are the most addictive form of gambling in the UK. It is these gaming machines, more commonly known as Fixed Odd Betting Terminals (FOBTs) that are driving the clustering and proliferation of betting shops on our high streets.

Each betting shop is limited to four FOBTs, but they are so profitable that bookmakers can now afford to open multiple outlets on prime, high street locations in an attempt to maximize the number of machines. This is also contributing to higher rents and pricing many other local businesses off the high street. Whilst the number of betting shops has increased since 2005 by around 600, it is the relocation of tertiary shops to high streets that is compounding the problem for local authorities whose powers to curb their proliferation are restricted.

Read the full article on LGiU online.

Former gambling addict Matt Zarb-Cousin shares his experience with Daybreak

Posted on September 19, 2013 by admin

ITV breakfast programme Daybreak looks into the impact of high street betting shops and FOBT addiction following a successful Lib Dem motion to give Local Authorities more control over new applications. Watch Campaign Consultant Matt Zarb-Cousin discuss his experience with FOBT addiction online here.

EuroSlot: No FOBTs for Ireland

Posted on September 18, 2013 by admin

The summer of 2013 will be remembered in gaming terms as the one where the Irish government announced big changes to gaming legislation; the main focus of this would be legalising casinos and setting in place the infrastructure to make it happen. Another part of the announcement, however, was that the country was banning the much-maligned Fixed Odds Betting Terminal, or FOBT.

Read the full article on EuroSlot online pages 27-28.