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PM hints at taking a ‘proper look’ at FOBTs

Posted on October 24, 2013 by admin

Prime Minister David Cameron entered the debate surrounding fixed odds betting terminals yesterday when he told parliament he would take a ‘proper look’ at the issue.

Read the full story in The Racing Post.

Campaign slams government inaction on FOBTs

Posted on October 24, 2013 by admin

In its announcement on the Triennial Review of gaming machine stakes and prizes, the DCMS left the stake and prize levels of FOBTs untouched.

Read the full article in Coinslot magazine here.

All bets are off: Campaigners praise Highland Council as they block new betting shop

Posted on October 21, 2013 by admin

Campaigners claim a landmark ruling to stop a new betting shop in the Highlands could halt the spread of casino-type gambling machines.

Highland Council’s licensing board are the first authority in Scotland and only the second in the UK to refuse a bookmaker’s operating licence.

They rejected an application from William Hill to open a bookies in the Merkinch area of Inverness – opposite a charity for people with drugs and alcohol addictions.

You can read the full article in the Daily Record here.

Government support for gambling prize rises criticised

Posted on October 17, 2013 by admin

The Evangelical Alliance has criticised the Government for continually raising the stakes and prizes on gambling machines.

Under the changes, the maximum stake is increasing from £2 to £5, while jackpots are rising from £4,000 to £10,000.

The biggest win from fruit machines with a maximum stake of £1 will increase from £70 to £100.

Read the full article in Christian Today online.

Gamblers lose £33m on fixed odds betting machines across Kent and Medway

Posted on October 17, 2013 by admin

Betting machines dubbed the ‘crack cocaine of gambling’ are costing Kent players millions of pounds, it’s been revealed.

Across Kent and Medway, players gambled hundreds of millions of pounds on so-called Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) between September 2011 and the same month last year.

Of that, a whopping £33m was lost – often in high street stores – according to figures just released by the Campaign for Fairer Gambling.

Read the full article in The Kent Online

Executive Summary: The Campaign’s Triennial Review submission

Posted on October 16, 2013 by admin

Following the announcement of the Triennial Review of Gaming Machine Stakes and Prizes in January 2013, the Campaign set to work gathering as much evidence as possible to aid the DCMS in its review – especially in relation to B2 machines, also known as Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs).

The Campaign’s full submission was exceptionally detailed, but for a quick summary of the concerns, statistics, evidence and opinions that were raised, please take a look at our condensed executive summary.

For more on the Campaign’s reaction to the Triennial Review, please click here to view our recent press release.

Church groups condemn plans to increase gambling machine prizes

Posted on October 14, 2013 by admin

Church groups and campaigners have attacked the government over plans to increase the prizes on offer from gambling machines and for refusing to curb the rise of high-speed betting terminals in high-street bookmakers.

Ministers have said that, after consulting widely, they believe it is clear the betting industry needs bigger prizes to stimulate the market and boost companies’ bottom lines.

Read the full article in The Guardian online.

Bookies saved from fresh drive against ‘crack cocaine’ of gambling machines

Posted on October 11, 2013 by admin

Anti-gambling campaigners have criticised a government decision to take no action against betting shop machines dubbed the “crack cocaine of gambling”.

Bookmakers breathed a sigh of relief yesterday after the Department for Culture, Media and Sport said it had decided not to reduce stakes or prizes on lucrative fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs), where punters can stake £100 per play and win a jackpot of £500.

Read the full article in The Times online.

Ministers fail to act on betting shop slot machines: Maximum stakes and top prizes to increase despite fears about problem gambling

Posted on October 11, 2013 by admin

Payouts on slot machines are set to increase despite fears about problem gambling, ministers announced yesterday.

Ministers came under fire yesterday after admitting that they will not act to curb the amount punters can lose on Fixed Odds Betting terminals in high street bookmakers – dubbed the crack cocaine of gambling – despite admitting the ‘potential for harm’ among players is ‘high’.

The government’s review of stakes and prizes on gambling machines yesterday decided not to reduce the maximum stake on the electronic roulette machines, which means players can continue to lose up to £100 every 20 seconds.

Read the full article in The Daily Mail online.

Campaign slams Government inaction on FOBTs

Posted on October 10, 2013 by admin

In its announcement on the Triennial Review of gaming machine stakes and prizes today, the DCMS has chosen to take no action against highly addictive Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) – the roulette machines found in betting shops.

Derek Webb, founder of the Campaign for Fairer Gambling, who runs the Stop the FOBTs Campaign, said: “This is a ridiculous decision. It was a prime opportunity for the Government to exercise the precautionary principle and reduce the stakes on these addictive machines from £100 to £2, bringing them in line with all other British gaming machines.”

“There is mounting empirical and anecdotal evidence that FOBTs are driving the proliferation of betting shops, contributing to problem gambling, causing crime and violence in local communities, impacting on the working conditions of betting shop staff and being used for criminal activities such as money laundering.” (more…)