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 on: February 27, 2017, 06:38:09 PM 
Started by Anonamouse - Last post by Eugene
Fred Done was given a massive loan to help develop properties??   for fucks sake who are these people who make these decisions?

 on: February 27, 2017, 05:35:21 PM 
Started by Anonamouse - Last post by Eugene
Judging by the response to my contributions, a 'responsible gambling industry' includes cat D. machines.   I raised this along with other contributors and whilst we werent told to shut up, there was very little interest.  But when it is funded by other aspects of the industry and meglomaniacs like webb try to restrict content, what fucking hope is there.

Frankly i dont give a toss about the 20 000 jobs, to the same extent that the industry and government dont give a shit about the hovoc caused by this poorly regulated industry.

 on: February 27, 2017, 03:59:21 PM 
Started by Anonamouse - Last post by Anonamouse
New rules on 'crack cocaine betting machines' will cost 20,000 jobs, bookmakers claim

Monday 27 February 2017 13:36 GMT
MPs have fought back against secretive gambling industry-funded research that claims that half of the nation’s bookmakers will close, causing 20,000 job losses if new rules on responsible gambling are introduced.

Controversial fixed odds betting terminals,or FOBTs, dubbed "the crack cocaine of gambling" by campaigners because of their high addictive potential, allow punters to wager £100 every 20 seconds. Following a review, MPs last month said there was a clear case to reduce the maximum staked amount to £2 per spin to tackle the scourge of problem gambling.

The gambling industry declined to take part in that review but has instead funded a report by KPMG which it has chosen not to publish. The research, seen by the Times, reportedly claims that the proposals would threaten half of the nation’s bookmakers shops with closure and put 20,000 jobs at risk.

The research also claims there would be a knock-on effect on the racing industry, which would miss out £100m from bookmakers in racing levy contributions and media rights, the newspaper reported.

It says that the £2 maximum stake would bring in £1bn per year less for the Treasury by 2020. The prediction is based on data from two thirds of Britain’s 8,700 betting shops.

A spokesman for Ladbrokes said a cut in stakes to £2 would “decimate the industry”.

Carolyn Harris, MP for Swansea East and chair of the all-party parliamentary group on  told The Independent: “The publicly available research from Landman Economics shows that £1bn spent on FOBTs supports 16,500 fewer UK jobs than when that money is spent on other consumer activities.

“If the bookies want MPs who will be making decisions on FOBTs to consider the research the betting industry has funded, I recommend that they share it with us," she said.

“FOBTs are causing extremely high levels of gambling harm in communities across the country; the Government should respond to the widespread campaign for a substantial stake reduction backed by hundreds of MPs, local authorities and now the Church of England Synod, by taking definitive action in the forthcoming Review of Stakes and Prizes.”

FOBTs currently account for around half of all bookmakers’ profits in the UK, according to the MPs report, and the industry has been lobbying hard to protect them from stricter regulation.

Limits on the number of FOBTs per shop as well as a requirement for gamblers to register with bookmakers in order to stake over £50 have so far failed to reduce problem gambling.

Business picture of the day

The NHS estimates there are around 600,000 problem gamblers in the UK and gambling problem charity GamCare says the number of people it treats increased by 24 per cent to 6,832 in 2016 with betting machines in bookmakers’ shops the most commonly-cited problem.

A December report by leading charity GambleAware and the Institute for Public Policy Research estimated that problem gambling cost the UK £1.2bn in 2016 through additional healthcare, welfare and criminal justice costs.

Ms Harris said: “I support a responsible gambling industry, but there is nothing responsible about how FOBTs are currently being operated. I urge the Government to take action now,” she said.

 on: February 27, 2017, 01:32:27 PM 
Started by Anonamouse - Last post by DaftDave
Perhaps Ladbrokes had to wait 15 minutes for the HMRC safe to open and put back £17m while waiting?

 on: February 27, 2017, 12:40:56 PM 
Started by Anonamouse - Last post by Anonamouse
Blundering Biggleswade gambler caught on camera after trying to rob Stotfold bookies where he played slot machines minutes earlier

Martin Elvery
11:50 27 February 2017

The robbery took place at the Ladbrokes outlet in Stotfold.
The robbery took place at the Ladbrokes outlet in Stotfold.

A Biggleswade gambler who robbed a bookies minutes after playing the slot machines there was caught on camera because he forgot to change his clothes.

Michael Stafford, 29, of Heather Drive Biggleswade, played the slot machines at Ladbrokes in Stotfold for some 45 on November 20 last year.

He was captured losing money on the machines on the store’s CCTV cameras, so when he left the book makers and returned a few minutes later demanding staff hand over cash, it was an easy job for police to identify him.

Stafford went back into the bookies with his hood up and a scarf across his face. He told the member of staff – who was working alone at the counter – that ‘he had something in his pocket’ and demanded money.

He was handed £150 and made off with it but police soon caught up with him after studying the CCTV footage.

Daryl Cherrett, defending said: “He had lost his money and carried out a crude robbery. He even left before the second till was opened.

“He was wearing exactly the same clothing as he was wearing when seen on CCTV playing the slot machines.”

He said Stafford was now attending a drug rehabilitation programme which was “going very well”, and he was extremely remorseful.

At Luton Crown Court on Friday, Stafford pleaded guilty to robbery and was given a 20 month prison sentence suspended for two years.

Judge Philip Bartle QC said that he was going to give Stafford a chance because the offence was out of character, and he had voluntarily sought help for his drug problem since.

Judge Bartle said: “Although robbery is a very serious offence, in the unusual circumstances of this offence I am going to suspend the sentence.

“This has been a wake up call for you and sending you to prison would achieve nothing. But the conditions I have imposed will be positively helpful to you.”

Stafford was also ordered to comply with various conditions, pay back the money stolen and pay £160 compensation to the cashier.

 on: February 27, 2017, 12:33:32 PM 
Started by Anonamouse - Last post by Anonamouse
Playtech BGT launches retail & digital crossover app BetTracker

Posted by: Ted Menmuir February 27, 2017   in Europe, Latest News, Retail, UK Comments Off

Pushing industry omni-channel conversion, Playtech Plc’s sports betting division Playtech BGT is set to launch its BetTracker mobile app, allowing customers to transfer their sports bets to their mobile devices after placing them in-shop.

The innovative app allows for retail to digital crossover, as customers can watch their bets progress and even cash them out on the Playtech system, which sits on the same platform as the BGT terminals commonly found in bookmakers throughout the UK and Ireland.

BetTracker will be soon made available through Apple and Andorid app stores, Playtech BGT development teams stated that the app will optimise convenience for client customers without an online account, allowing them to scan a ticket to the bespoke app and monitor event progress.

John Pettit Playtech BGT  UK, Ireland and Australia Managing Director, commented on the BetTracker launch:

“We’re pleased to introduce BetTracker, a revolutionary product which will provide a real boost to the retail sector, improve the user experience, and increase operator revenues.

“We appreciate that some shop customers prefer anonymity and don’t want online accounts. Others like the sociability their local bookie offers. This solution caters for both, bringing the technology that is now routine online into retail estates for the first time.

“Playtech BGT continues to drive innovation in the retail space, and we look forward to seeing BetTracker transform the betting experience for customers in all shops up and down the country.”

 on: February 27, 2017, 08:06:53 AM 
Started by Anonamouse - Last post by uk-21
Very old news.

Don't know why there's a £17m difference in the amounts reported, bearing in mind how accurate and astute the media in the UK is? Here was my source of info fifteen months ago:

 on: February 27, 2017, 07:51:02 AM 
Started by Anonamouse - Last post by DaftDave
If Ladbrokes had managed to avoid paying this £71,000,000

How many public sector jobs lost?

How much lost to the NHS?

 on: February 27, 2017, 07:49:01 AM 
Started by Anonamouse - Last post by DaftDave
If 20,000 jobs are at risk it would suggest the industry is guilty of gross mismanagement.  They decided not to present any evidence when they were invited.

A figure rounded to the nearest 10,000 is highly unlikely to be accurate.

Never think that a job must be protected at all costs.

Consider the possibility that more jobs may created than those lost when people spend their money elsewhere.

The industry once had no FOBTs and that worked fine.  If the industry lose badly because of FOBTs it is just experiencing the pain experienced by so many of the FOBT players.

If the industry is so well regulated, how comes no member of management ending up in court when a man working 4 jobs lost his family, home, job and everything by being urged to carry on using the machines?

The evidence given in the past by this industry is the majority of the users of these machines are played by people for even smaller stakes and they lose small amounts.  Given that evidence how does this restriction lose 20,000 jobs if only a small minority play for more?

If the industry really had and really used measures to stop problem players would not that also lose 20,000 jobs?

 on: February 27, 2017, 05:20:19 AM 
Started by Anonamouse - Last post by Anonamouse

Family threatened by creditors due to 17-year-old's gambling debts

Low Sock Ken

JOHOR BARU: A 17-year old boy's online gambling activity has caused his family to live in fear following threats from creditors.

Goh Siew Khim, 48, who runs a noodle stall together with her husband said the nightmare started when a group of men who claimed to be "creditors" came to her house in Taman Mutiara Rini in three cars on Jan 24 at night and said that their son owe them RM32,000 in online gambling debts.

Talking to the media in a press conference organised by Johor Baru Guan Lauye cultural association here said she lodged a police report at Skudai police station on the same day.

Goh's youngest son and a school-dropout a month ago was also present for the press conference.

The boy, name withheld said, he started playing the machine games at cyber centres since 14-years-old and won RM40,000.

"I gradually moved on to playing online casino, sometimes gambling up to 10 hours a day. I lost a lot of money and the bidding money I borrowed from friends in the gambling circle," he confessed.

He said he left school a month ago and worked in a restaurant in order to pay back the debts.

The association community head, Rodney Soon, advised teenagers to keep off online gambling activities as they could become addicted, start borrowing and eventually lose a lot of money.

"The "creditors" will then look for their parents to recover the money borrowed," he said.

Malaysia Agape Caring Community Association social worker, Bryant Teo, said, these addicted teenagers need to get help quickly before they land in bigger problems.

He said, the centre had resolved about 60 gambling cases since 2012, and most of the victims were secondary school students and one primary pupil – all went through counselling.

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