A University of Birmingham graduate has urged other young students to stay away from gambling after he blew £20,000 on betting machines in bookies.
Matt Zarb-Cousin, 28, lost £2,500 in just one day playing fixed odds betting terminals – said to be “crack cocaine” for gamblers because of their addictive nature.
Read the full story in Birmingham Live.
Controversial bookmaker betting machines have cost Inverclyde punters a staggering £20 million in the last decade.
A new study by the Campaign for Fairer Gambling group has revealed the crippling effect so-called fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) are having on people locally.
Read the full piece in the Greenock Telegraph.
FOBTs are the ‘crack cocaine’ of gambling world… the government is right to limit the damage they do
For some people, gambling is simply an annual flutter on the Grand National, but figures from the Gambling Commission, the gambling industry watchdog, indicate that the number of problem gamblers in the United Kingdom has risen to more than 430,000.
Read the full story in the Belfast Telegraph.