News - Stop Gambling, Addiction, Problem Gamblers

2016

26th August - 'I lost £400k using High Street betting machines' - BBC News

A plea to radically reduce the maximum bet on fixed-odds betting terminals was recently rejected by the government. For some, the machines have had a devastating impact.

15th July - 'He haemorrhaged money': the bereaved parents taking on the gambling industry - The Guardian

Ryan Myers killed himself after struggling with a gambling addiction. Now, his family are fighting adverts that lure people back 

14th June - Gambling Catholic priest jailed for stealing £96,000 - BBC News

A Catholic priest has been jailed for 10 months for stealing £96,000 from his parish in North Ayrshire to fund an online gambling habit.

13th June - Betting machine gamblers 'offered perks' - BBC  News

Betting shop staff say they are told to offer gamblers perks to keep them playing on fixed-odds betting machines, a BBC investigation has found.

6th June - Inside the NHS’s only specialist gambling clinic - The Guardian

If people could admit ‘I am a problem gambler’ in the same way they say ‘I am an alcoholic’ they could be protected, says the founder of a London clinic working towards a cure

31st May - The big gamble: the dangerous world of British betting shops - The Guardian

Bookmakers have become a fixture of the British high street. But the savage murder of a lone employee at a London betting shop has revealed the risks that their workers face

29th April - Punter who lost £92,000 gambling on Celtic match hit by double whammy as he loses court case over disputed bet- Daily Record

GORDON Shearer stood to make just £5000 from his massive bet but bookies refused to pay out after claiming he only bet on the Hoops winning the second half.

27th April - Young accountant was driven to suicide by gambling addiction, his father says - The Telegraph

A young high-flying accountant who plunged to his death from a London skyscraper “died of shame” after his online gambling addiction spiralled out of control, his father said.

13th April - Scots are the biggest gamblers in the UK - The Scotsman

Scots are the most frequent gamblers in the UK, with more than a quarter of adults north of the Border admitting that they gamble at least once a week.

17th February - Doctors prescribe drugs to tackle Britain’s gambling epidemic - The Times

The growing toll of problem gambling in Britain is now so serious that the NHS has started prescribing drugs for some of the worst addicts. There are more than half a million problem gamblers in Britain and calls to the country’s leading helpline rose by a third last year alone.

6th January - Gambling charity chair lobbied for bookmakers, documents show - The Guardian

Chair of Responsible Gambling Trust lobbied on behalf of gambling industry as his organisation began research into fixed-odds betting terminals

2015

26th August - 'I lost £400k using High Street betting machines' - BBC News

A plea to radically reduce the maximum bet on fixed-odds betting terminals was recently rejected by the government. For some, the machines have had a devastating impact.

16th July - £2 betting machine limit rejected by government - BBC News

A bid to have the maximum bet on some gambling machines significantly reduced has been rejected by the government.

Some 93 councils in England and Wales called for the highest stake on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) to be cut from £100 to £2.

2nd January - Betting machines: How one man lost everything, £1,000 at a time - The Guardian

Gambling addict tells of destruction wrought in a terrifyingly short time by fixed odds betting terminals – and battle to change his life.

2014

14th November - Charities worried too few problem gamblers getting help - BBC Newsbeat

Not enough young people are asking for specialist help for gambling problems because they don't know where to turn.

19th October - Gambling addiction linked to brain reward system - BBC News

The 'high' or feeling of euphoria created by addictive behaviour is less obvious in the brains of problem gamblers, research suggests.

14th September - Pokies venues 'could provide childcare in exchange for tax breaks' - Guardian

Lobby group’s submission to the productivity commission ‘surely must be some kind of sick joke’, says Andrew Wilkie

15th August - Ritz casino wins £1m court fight with gambling addict - BBC News

London's Ritz casino has won a £1m battle against a wealthy gambling addict who had failed to pay her debt.

13th June - World Cup Betting Should we be Concerned? - Gambling Watch UK


The World Cup from Brazil is on and like many others I shall be keeping an eye on the television to follow the progress of England and others. When I do I can't help being exposed to regular advertisements by the big betting companies offering me multiple opportunities to bet on the matches. 

9th June - Ex footie star John Hartson reveals gambling addiction - Daily Star

FORMER football ace John Hartson has revealed he is fighting an addiction to gambling.

15th May - Remote Gambling Bill receives Royal Assent - Gov.UK
Legislation to ensure greater protection measures for British based users of remote gambling complete

24th April - How to turn a middle class woman into a gambling addict - Daily Mail

The cynical websites using pictures of kittens and cupcakes to lure women into debt and despair: How to turn a middle-class woman into an online gambling addict

23rd April 2014 - Students who gamble their loans away - Guardian

'I lost £8,000 in an hour,' says a student gambler. Why are students increasingly drawn to betting?

26th March 2014 - Child gamblers 'need special clinic' - BBC News

Too little is being done to help an estimated 60,000 children in Britain with gambling problems, a leading mental health expert is warning.

4th February 2014 - Gambling: Australians bet more and lose more than anyone else -

New push to limit pokie bets as Economist report puts Australian yearly gambling losses at $1144 per resident.

1st February 2014 - Betting shop clusters on the rise on high streets -

Council leaders are asking the government for new powers to enable them to stop too many betting shops opening in Britain's high streets.

10th January 2014 - Roulette machines do not belong on the high street -

Bookmakers have become dominated by flashing machines that earn about £900 a week on average at no financial risk to the operator.

8th January 2014 - MPs debate housing and fixed odds betting terminals -

MPs debated housing shortages in the UK and fixed odds betting terminals in betting shops on Wednesday 8 January 2014 in the House of Commons. The subjects for debate were chosen by the Opposition.

8th January 2014 - Fixed-odds betting machines 'concerning', say ministers -

Ministers have said the growth of high-stakes roulette machines on the High Street is "concerning" and they do not rule out action to restrict them.

Latest News in 2013

20th December 2013 - Labour would give councils power to ban roulette machines -

Ed Miliband has vowed to give councils the power to ban high stakes roulette machines from bookmakers' shops if Labour wins the next election.

11th November 2013 - Ladbrokes accused over child gamblers and criminality -

Bookmaker denies claims by former executive who alleges that gambling industry became immoral.

10th October 2013 - More young people need help for gambling addiction

Smartphones and online betting are playing a big part in the rise of young people developing gambling problems, according to gambling advice service GamCare. BBC News

30th September 2013 - Gambling addict calls for stricter FOBT laws  -

A gambling addict who lost a month's salary in a few hours on betting machines at the height of his addiction says stricter laws must be brought in. - BBC News

22nd August 2013 - IT boss stole £19million to fund a gambling addiction -

A GAMBLING addict who stole £19million from his employers to fund his massive bets has been jailed for seven years.  Express

20th July 2013 - The Insider, Britain's Gambling Addiction -

Reformed gambling addict Jake Brindell argues that the Government is increasing the opportunity to gamble and will be responsible for creating many more addicts with devastating effects on tens of thousands of families. Channel Four

22nd February 2013 - Counting the cost of Gambling -

Profit generated from fixed odds betting terminals in betting shops across the UK now stands at £1.4bn. Big bookmakers are raking in more than £900 a week from each machine.  Speakers include Jake Brindell and Professor Mark Griffiths,Chartered Psychologist and Europe’s only Professor of Gambling Studies from Nottingham Trent University.  Voice of Russia