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There is more to my story -the good, the bad and the ugly
Posted on May 22, 2015

Derek Webb founder of the Campaign for Fairer Gambling and the Stop the FOBTs campaign continues his personal story and gambling insights

I have explained how we defeated the bad guys, PGIC. We were the good guys as recognized by the US government in their federally appropriate tripling of our damages. The ugly guys were ShuffleMaster (SHFL), the public company we sold the non-British Isles rights to Three Card Poker™ to. During the trial against PGIC we discovered that SHFL had some evidence of the fraud in the patents being asserted against us, which they did not disclose to us when agreeing to defend us against PGIC. Sometimes the ones who want to appear to be your friends end up causing you the most harm.

After winning the jury trial against PGIC, a litigation investment entity approached us to buy a piece of the case. We agreed to do this as PGIC was not in a strong financial position but intended to drag out the proceedings to appeal. It meant that we had covered our expenses regardless of what transpired. We then prevailed in a judicial review, and accepted the PGIC settlement offer in late 2007.


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Gambling addict avoids jail after stealing nearly £700 from unemployed people
Posted on May 22, 2015

A JOB centre worker stole nearly £700 from accounts set up to help unemployed people to feed his gambling addiction.

Rajesh Masih, 42, a leader at his local church, built up debts betting on horses, dogs and roulette machines, Luton crown court heard today.

Prosecutor David Jenkins said Masih worked for the Department of Work and Pensions in Bedford, supporting job seekers trying to find work.

Read the full article in Bedfordshire News online.


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New guidelines protect pubs and curb betting shops and takeways
Posted on May 22, 2015

Planning guidance to protect community pubs, restrict the number of new fast food takeaways near schools and control the spread of betting shops has been approved.

The ‘Town Centre Uses Supplementary Planning Document’ builds on policies in Wandsworth’s Local Plan. It  helps guide planners on how pubs can be protected and whether takeaways or betting shops should be allowed to open.

Read the full article in The Wandsworth Government online.


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Betting terminal answers
Posted on May 22, 2015

THE new UK government is being asked by a Greenock-based MSP to clarify its position on fixed odds betting terminals.

Stuart McMillan MSP has campaigned against the terminals which, he believes, have ruined lives by encouraging people to gamble too much money.

He said: “The new Conservative Culture, Media & Sport Secretary, John Whittingdale MP, had previously called for the machines to be rolled out in bingo halls and motorway service stations.

Read the full article in The Greenock Telegraph online.


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Thousands of Welsh teenagers said to be ‘blighted’ by mental health problems due to gambling addictions
Posted on May 19, 2015

Assembly Member for Pontypridd Mick Antoniw says more than 3,000 teenagers in Wales are problem gamblers

Thousands of teenagers in Wales are “problem gamblers” left “blighted” with personal and mental health problems because of uncontrollable addictions to betting, it has been revealed.

Assembly Member Mick Antoniw claims a huge growth in online betting and exposure to unprecedented levels of gambling advertisements are threatening the wellbeing of young people across the country.

Read the full article in Wales Online.


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