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The Destructive Consequences Of Fixed Odds Betting Terminals
Posted on August 11, 2015

Leading Christian charity CARE has applauded a new Gambling Bill that seeks to significantly reduce the maximum stake on fixed odds betting terminals. Concerns have grown as it has become increasingly apparent that they account for the most addictive form of gambling with disturbing socially destructive consequences. To find out more Heather Bellamy spoke with Dan Boucher, the Director of Parliamentary Affairs for CARE.

Read the full article in Cross Rhythms online.


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Casino-style gambling machines have led to a rise in crime, say campaigners
Posted on June 1, 2015

Controversial casino-style gambling machines are responsible for a 20 per cent rise in crime at betting shops as addicted punters turn violent, campaigners say.

New figures show that betting shops across the country were forced to call out police officers 9,083 times last year, an increase of 1,600 incidents on the previous year.

Campaigners say that highly addictive fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs), which offer casino-style games including roulette in bookmaker shops, are to blame for the spike in crime, which includes players vandalising machines and abusing staff.

Read the full article in The Independent online.


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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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Anonymous testimonial, February 2013

“I would like to suggest that FOBT terminals should be banned by the Government, or at least capped or controlled in a way they are not currently. However as the revenues (20%) of which I believe go to the taxman are so high, then I can understand why the Government has not done anything about these yet.
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