FOBTs in the news: 14th – 20th February 2015
Posted on February 20, 2015
This week the Campaign for Fairer Gambling once again called on the Responsible Gambling Trust (RGT) to move towards reducing the maximum FOBT stake, following the RGT’s annual report presentation at the ICE Totally Gaming conference.
Disappointingly, it was revealed that the RGT report research had asked the wrong questions. Instead of scrutinising FOBTs, it attempted to differentiate between problem gamblers and non-problem gamblers using machine data, which world leaders in harm minimisation argue is impossible to determine from data alone.
FOBTs in the News: 31st January – 6th February 2015
Posted on February 6, 2015
This week the boss of Britain’s largest casino hit back at betting shops for ‘destroying the high street,’ stating that allowing people to bet on fast, high stakes machines with little supervision is ‘insane’. His point was proven right when a shop-worker in Inverness lost over £7,000 in one day on a Fixed Odds Betting Terminal (FOBT). What’s worse is that the money was stolen from the gambler’s employer in order to feed his addiction and desperation.
The shop-worker’s lawyer, Mr Munro, said: “William Hill shouldn’t have let it get that far. They get a warning when a customer spends more than £250. He spent £6,500 in a day and one of their staff was watching him.
FOBTs in the News: 17th – 23rd January 2015
Posted on January 23, 2015
There have been two significant developments in the gambling arena this week:
The Senet Group, which includes Ladbrokes, William Hill, Coral and Paddy Power launched its new ‘responsible gambling’ advertising campaign this week with the slogan “When the FUN stops. Stop.”
The Irish Independent slated the new attempts of the ‘independent body,’ – highlighting that the Group could not be truly independent when it is funded by the bookmakers and that the advertising campaign is simply an attempt to see off any proposed Government legislation. The Times also reported on the campaign launch, with Richard Glynn, chief executive of Ladbrokes admitting that the industry had been “too slow” in recognising the issue of responsibility.
FOBTs in the News: 10th – 16th January 2015
Posted on January 16, 2015
Scepticism ensued in the press this week as the bookmakers began planning the launch of their latest ‘safe gambling ads’. Due to air on TV and radio January 20, the new ‘responsible’ adverts adopted by members of The Senet Group – including Ladbrokes, William Hill, Paddy Power and Coral – have been hit with criticism that they are simply an attempt to ward off Government regulation ahead of the General Election.
FOBTs in the News: 1st – 9th January
Posted on January 9, 2015
Without sufficient measures in place to protect vulnerable people from the controversial high stakes roulette content on FOBTs, the temptation to gamble over Christmas and New Year has been too much for some.
Problem gambler Tony Franklin shared his story in the Guardian about how he lost everything by gambling up to £1,000 at a time. Just 13 days before Christmas Tony gambled and lost £3,500 in under an hour – money that was due to pay off debts and buy Christmas presents for his family – while shop staff looked on. This shocking story spurred a concerned member of the public to contact the Campaign for Fairer Gambling anonymously and express their dissatisfaction with the bookmakers’ Duty of Care for its customers – you can read the letter in full here. The article also prompted the partner of a Gambling addict to call for all political parties to address the issue of FOBTs in their forthcoming election manifestos in a letter to the Guardian.