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Dundonians lose almost £9 million on fixed odds betting ‘I have seen people going crazy’

Dundonians lost almost £9 million on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) at bookies in just two years, the Tele can reveal.

Campaign group Stop the FOBTs has found that £4,180,155 was lost from the pockets of gamblers on the machines in 2015.

And it appears the issue is getting worse as that figure rose by 8.3% to £4,531,288 last year.

Read the full story in The Dundee Telegraph


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Problem gambling ‘takes a £30bn toll on nation’s happiness’, says study

Can you put a price on misery? When it comes to problem gambling the answer, apparently, is yes.

A team of economists has calculated that if the UK’s hundreds of thousands of problem gamblers were to be cured of their addictions, the boost to the nation’s collective happiness would be equivalent to a £30bn windfall.

The work, based on an analysis of 10,000 adult gamblers presented at last week’s Royal Economic Society’s annual conference, suggests that around 0.7% of adults, about a third of a million people, are now classified as problem gamblers.

Read the full story in The Guardian


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Bookmakers fail to check ages of young gamblers

High street bookmakers are flouting age-check rules for users of betting machines linked to a rise in problem gambling, an undercover investigation has found.

Teenage “mystery shoppers” were able to use fixed-odds betting terminals without being challenged in 65 out of 108 shops run by some of the largest gambling chains. FOBTs, known as the “crack cocaine of gambling”, allow players to stake up to £100 every 20 seconds on casino games such as roulette and bingo. Last year punters lost £1.8 billion on the machines, according to the Gambling Commission.

Read the full story in The Times


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Political war of words continues over attempts to limit gambling in Clydebank

WEST Dunbartonshire’s licensing board convener has hit back at Clydebank’s MSP in a war of words over gambling in the town.

Councillor John Mooney said he was concerned Gil Paterson was “unaware” of the new powers handed to the Scottish Parliament under the Scotland Act 2016.

But the MSP repeated his attacks on the convener and went even further, accusing the councillor of being controlled by London and waging “political warfare against Scots”.

Read the full story in the Clydebank Post


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Betting shops must learn to live with curbs on ‘dangerous’ high-stakes machines, trade body warns

The betting industry is “scaremongering” and must learn to live with forthcoming curbs on “dangerous” high-stakes gambling machines, a high-profile trade body has argued.

Bacta, the trade association for the UK’s amusement and gaming machine industry, has criticised research published by the bookmaking industry suggesting thousands of high street shops could close if the Government is overly punitive when it rules on the maximum punters can stake at one time on so-called “fixed odds betting terminals”, or FOBTs.

Read the full story in The Telegraph


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Anonymous testimonial, March 2013

“I work for Betfred and we have been told to write to our MPs to stop the new FOBT regulations, telling us that we will all lose our jobs if they have to close the shops. We work on our own every day from 6pm-10pm and it can be terrifying!!
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