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Westminster Council needs counselling
Posted on August 4, 2015

Westminster Council recently wrote to the Campaign for Fairer Gambling in order to justify why it is the only local authority in London which didn’t support Newham Council’s Sustainable Communities Act proposal to reduce the maximum stake on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) to £2 a spin.


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Ritz casino successfully sues gambling addict for £2 million
Posted on August 3, 2015

A property tycoon has been successfully sued by the Ritz Club Casino for an unpaid debt of £2 million. Safa Abdulla al Geabury claimed the Ritz knew he was a gambling addict and should not have allowed him to play.

We should not feel too sorry for al Geabury, however: with an estimated fortune of more than half-a-billion pounds, he can easily afford this loss.

This cannot be said for an increasing number of British men and women who have become addicted to so-called Fixed Odds Betting Terminals, of which there are now well over 35,000 —concentrated in areas of the highest welfare dependency. 

Ten years ago, the Blair government allowed High Street bookmakers to provide this turbo-charged form of roulette. It has been wonderful for the bookies, but dreadful for the families of gambling addicts.

Read the full story at Daily Mail online


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Britain at the Bookies: a rose-tinted view of the nation’s gambling habit
Posted on August 3, 2015

“Stuart is on his daily trip around the betting shops of Huddersfield.” While viewers will almost certainly hear more depressing lines uttered in the voiceovers of future documentaries, that particular zinger will take some beating. Stuart is unemployed, hopelessly addicted to the electronic gaming machines which have become a staple of British high street bookies and operates a strict strategy when playing them. “I’ve got a limit of how much I want to take it to,” he tells the crew shadowing him for Britain At The Bookies. “How much you’re prepared to lose?” asks a voice from behind the camera. “No,” he replies. “How much I want to win.” Oh, Stuart.

Read the full story at The Guardian online


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Anonymous testimonial 2, February 2013

“My addiction began in 1999, when I was 15 years old and in the final year of formal schooling. After lessons had finished, I would visit the Ladbrokes at the end of the school road and play a fruit machine. This simply began as curiosity. (I recall now, with some irony, that the name of the machine was ‘Pipe Dreams’.) I was never challenged on my age.
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