It is acknowledged that there is a UK gambling problem but is it a geographical one? The UK Gambling Commission compile and publish all manner of gambling statistics but does that help?
The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) produced a report which dammed the use of fixed odds betting terminals (FOBT’s) in betting shops.
The Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) complained about the report and since then there has been much debate throughout. The ABB complained that the report was funded by the commercial rivals of the bookmakers, i.e. the the casino, arcade and pub industries. Was there a flaw in the way the APPG was set up in the first place?
There has long been debate over fixed odds betting terminals since the UK Government ordered an investigation and report. The report as caused a furore.
Crunch Time for Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBT’s)
There has a furore over these betting terminals since the UK Government ordered an investigation and report. Such has been the anger since the report was completed, the Association of British Bookmakers is now calling for an enquiry by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards. They claim the report was deeply flawed and possibly even biased.
For those of you who do not know what FOBT’s are they are electronic gaming machines. They are widely found in Bookmakers shops all over the UK. They can be used to gamble while playing roulette, blackjack, slot games and virtual racing. Referred to by some as the crack cocaine of gambling the UK watchdog GambleAware has long condemned them. They have been blamed for destroying communities and families due to their addictive powers and high wagering potential.