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Bassetlaw: Study finds gamblers lost £2.2million on gaming machines
Posted on March 7, 2014

Bassetlaw gamblers lost £2.2 million on betting machines last year, new figures have revealed.

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling (CFFG) said an estimated £11.5 million was put into fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) in the district in 2013 – and of that £2,199,132 was lost.

The organisation, whose Stop the FOBTs campaign aims to remove the machines from betting shops, said the loss worked out at £584 per player.

Read the full article in the Worksop Guardian online.


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MPs hit out at ‘shocking’ £584 estimated loss per player
Posted on March 5, 2014

New figures suggest Bradford gamblers lost more than £9.5 million on betting machines last year, as bookies were accused of targeting deprived areas for profit.

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling (CFFG) said an estimated £268,438,648 was wagered on 241 fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) in the district in 2013 – and of that £9,529,572 was lost.

The organisation, whose Stop the FOBTs campaign aims to remove the machines from betting shops, said the loss worked out at £584 per player – that compares to a regional high of £989 in Hull, £600 in Kirklees and £235 in the Craven district.

Read the full article in The Bradford Telegraph & Argus online.


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FOBTS: WHAT DIGITAL GAMBLING IS DOING TO BRITAIN
Posted on February 26, 2014

Problem gambling in the UK had increased by 50 per cent in three years. A significant cause is the rise of the machines…

Green Street, east London. I’m watching other people gamble at 10am on a Monday morning in a Ladbrokes betting shop. Virtual sports unfold on several screens: computer-generated horse and dog races, names every bit as daft as their flesh-and-blood counterparts (Boozy Beez, Gummy Bear, Mad Murphy).

But the real action is at the side of the shop where men hunch over the huge electronic machines: the fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs). Here, on virtual roulette games, vast amounts of people’s money disappear every day. Each machine eats almost £1,000 a week.

Read the full article in The Big Issue online.


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Campaigners fight for action on ‘dangerous’ betting machines in Stockport
Posted on January 29, 2014

Campaigners have long fought for action against the spread of ‘dangerous’ betting machines in Stockport.

Alex Woolliscroft, a self-confessed gambling addict who claims to have lost £25,000, is trying to get himself banned from bookies.

Figures from the Stop the FOBTs campaign – by the Campaign for Fairer Gambling – claim that bookmakers in the Stockport constituency saw around £53m gambled on fixed-odds betting terminals in 2012, with £1.7m lost.

Read the full article in The Manchester Evening News online.


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testimonials

Peter Irvin, 34 years a betting office manager

Having watched the BBC programme 'Inside Out' on Monday I must also add my concerns to your own concerns about addiction to FOBT machines. I myself joined the betting industry in July 1973 in North London. Betting offices have changed dramatically since those days. Highlights of those changes are the introduction of live TV coverage, the open glass fronts of the once 'shady and dark looking shops'. Introduction of the evening opening of shops, numbers betting and fruit machines.
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