The £1billion toll of ‘crack cocaine’ betting machines: More than 120,000 users of highly addictive fixed odds terminals could be classed as problem gamblers
More than 120,000 users of ‘crack cocaine’ betting machines could be classed as problem gamblers, a report has found.
The toll is exposed in a report by economists, who conclude that gambling on fixed-odds betting terminals is hitting the poorest parts of the country the hardest.
Read the full story in The Daily Mail.
Matt Zarb-Cousin writes for the Independent:
“Despite instructions from the Gambling Commission to ‘root out the sexism’, promo girls were paraded round exhibition booths by an industry entirely detached from societal norms. This isn’t a sector used to being told what to do.”
Read the full piece in The Independent.
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.