Tony Franklin entered a betting shop in northwest London one morning last week and paid 300 pounds, or around $400, into a gambling machine – and lost that money within 16 minutes.
Then he paid in another £300. Then a further £1,000 six minutes later. And 20 minutes after that, a final £1,000.
Read the full story in The New York Times.
I was addicted to gambling machines at 16, and despite clear evidence the industry refuses to accept that there’s a problem
A report by the Gambling Commission published this week showed an increase from 280,000 problem gamblers in 2012, to 430,000 in 2015. Despite this, the Gambling Commission and the Association of British Bookmakers describer problem gambling rates as “stable”. But such an increase should alarm policy makers, and the findings are timely as we approach the Government’s gambling review in October.
Read the full story in The Independent.