Get rid of machines? Don’t bet on it
Posted on July 29, 2015

Nothing beats the thrill of getting one over the bookies.

 A fist full of fivers after seeing your horse pull away from the rest of the field or landing the odds on a first goalscorer bet offer a fantastic buzz and a boost to the bank balance.

But although I have been an enthusiastic punter all my adult life, betting on everything from the 4.30 at Ludlow to which talentless warbler I think will be voted off X Factor next, I have managed to avoid the lure of the dreaded fixed odds betting machines – known as FOBTs.

Read the full story at Shropshire Star online


Bookmakers Offer Blanket Self-exclusion Program to Glasgow Problem Gamblers
Posted on July 29, 2015

Gamblers in Glasgow, Scotland’s biggest city, now have the option to bar themselves from up to 36 bookmaking shops in the city center with just one phone call.

Previously, gamblers were only able to exclude themselves from bookmakers on an individual, shop-by-shop basis.

The pilot scheme, which, if successful in Glasgow, will be rolled out across the UK, will provide a confidential helpline that offers information on how to find help for gambling problems, as well as the self-exclusion service.

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Shropshire punters bet £40m in gaming spree
Posted on July 29, 2015

Gamblers pumped almost £40 million in high-stake betting machines across Shropshire and Mid Wales in just one year, it was revealed today.

A total of £39.45 million was put into just 179 fixed odds betting terminals in 49 licensed shops across the region last year.

The machines have been described as the “crack cocaine of gambling” because customers can spend up to £100 a minute.

Read the full story at Shropshire Star online.



Millions ‘lost’ on betting machines
Posted on July 28, 2015

Punters in the Anglia region are losing millions every year on gambling machines known as fixed odds betting terminals.

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling has described the machines as “the crack cocaine of gambling”.

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