Feb 2018
Posted on March 10, 2018

£2 betting machine limit would put stop to big losses
A maximum stake of £2 on betting machines that have been described as “the crack cocaine of gambling” would all but eliminate losses of more than £100 per session, according to research seen by The Times.

The report also found that the average loss of a FOBT user was £192 a month compared with £22 for users of other machines such as fruit machines in pubs that have a £2 limit. Matt Zarb-Cousin, of the Campaign for Fairer Gambling, said: “Losing £100 in a single session on a FOBT is unaffordable for the vast majority of people, so it is puzzling why the government arbitrarily defined £500 as a large-scale loss.

“The Landman Economics study determines £2 to be the only safe maximum stake for FOBTs, yet despite having the necessary data available, neither the government, the Gambling Commission, nor the body that advises it sought to produce anything similar to this analysis.”

Both findings will increase pressure on ministers to slash the maximum bet from £100 per spin to the lowest suggested limit of £2.

This story was picked up by The Times 


January 2018
Posted on February 1, 2018

£2 limit to curb ‘crack cocaine’ of gambling

The maximum stake on fixed odds betting terminals – dubbed the crack cocaine of high street gambling – is set to be reduced to £2 following the closure of the public consultation on January 23rd.

Initial proposals in October 2017 offered reductions in the maximum stake on the machines between £50 and £2, but the understanding is that the “overwhelming” response to the public consultation has persuaded the Government to opt for the £2 maximum stake.


Stop the FOBTs in 2017
Posted on January 1, 2018

It’s been another busy year for the Campaign and with the government announcing a consultation period in October which runs until January 23rd, the battle against FOBTs is now at fever pitch.

Over the past 12 months, FOBTs have been making headlines, ruining lives and the topic of many heated debates amongst UK MPs.


November 2017
Posted on December 1, 2017

Northern Ireland bookie arrested in gambling law probe

In November, Campaign founder Derek Webb traveled to Northern Ireland to speak as an expert on FOBTs in a BBC Northern Ireland Spotlight investigation into FOBTs and their impact in the area.

As the presenter investigated the impact FOBTs have had on the area, Derek was on hand to explain the reason the machines are so addictive, and why the maximum stakes per spin should be slashed to £2. During the programme, Spotlight disclosed a letter from the NI Attorney General to a senior politician declaring an opinion of the illegality of FOBTs in Northern Ireland.

This was quickly succeeded by the news that a Northern Ireland bookie had been arrested as part of a police investigation into whether the machines breach gambling laws. Despite the Gambling Act 2005 being introduced into the UK, the last law introduced in Northern Ireland in 1985 states that gaming machines should have a maximum stake of 30p, with an upward winning limit of £8.


October 2017
Posted on November 1, 2017

Maximum stake on fixed-odds betting terminals to be cut from £100

This piece of news has been hard to hide from in the closing days of October. The long-awaited DCMS triennial review has announced a 12-week consultation on a range of proposals. The options for the FOBT maximum stake are £50, our objective stake of £2, or an intermediate amount of £20 or £30.

The 12-week consultation period launched on October 31st to ‘ensure stronger protections around online gambling’, alongside a package of measures intended to promote responsible gambling.



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