Gambling Watch UK is a new organisation and an early task is to decide on a small number of campaigns to focus our efforts on. Below are listed a few possibilities. If you would like to comment on any of these ideas or would like to pledge your support for Gambling Watch UK, please get in touch via the contact page.

1. Campaign for official and public recognition that gambling creates problems that are properly seen as public health problems and that consequently the Department of Health should be one of the lead government departments concerned with gambling.

2. Support the campaign for local governments to have the power to limit the number of gambling venues in their areas. Gambling Watch UK supports the High Streets First Campaign - see UK News.

3. Challenge a number of current gambling advertisements on the grounds that they contravene principles of consumer protection or the requirement to protect children and young people, and more generally to call into question the role of advertising in promoting gambling, particularly at hours and on media seen by children.

4. Campaign for the removal of Fixed Odds Betting Machines (B2 machines) from high street betting shops.

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  • Lauson Permalink

    To a large percentage of addictive personalities , advertising of gambling in all forms and formats ( which is everywhere one turns in society today ) is like waving a whiskey shot under the nose of a recovering alcoholic . Why is it almost always the case where the inevitable extreme has to happen before anyone stands up and shouts NO! THIS IS WRONG! SOMETHING MUST BE DONE!

    Where are the safe guards to protect the vulnerable ,why do lives and families of ordinary people have to be subject to the ultimate sacrifice and learn the same lesson time and time again at the hands of abusers in responsible positions .

    Do I blame the gambling giants? Do I blame the individuals hunted for not taking responsibility for their actions? No . My finger is pointed at the governments who allow this repetitive scenario to happen in the first place . Ultimately ourselves for letting them not have our best interests at the core of policy .
    I frustrate myself because I feel in some way responsible and I am letting each day go by and still not standing up and shouting NO! I CAN SEE THIS IS WRONG! WHY I AM I NOT MAKING IT STOP!?

    It's all too easy to highlight 'the problem' the hard work is in ' finding the answer ' .

    about 1 year ago
  • AnonymousAndAnnoyed Permalink

    Every day a new gambling advert is shown, to my shock places like Iceland which has always been a place for shopping is also now holding their own link to gambling, REALLY ICELAND?

    What's next Asda Poker? Waitrose Roulette? Where does it stop? When all adverts are entirely that is gambling?

    Why not McDonalds next - Why not order a happy meal for your kids and introduce them to a world of gambling instead of working hard and saving money, why not add to the drain on society? The situation is spiraling out of control and praying on those in tough situations.

    It's disgusting that almost every single TV show out there now is "sponsered" by a varied sister-website of 888 or the likes... why has this not been attended to already?

    Do you not think that adverts such as these if necessary should not be shown until after 11pm at the earliest time if they have to be shown at all, praying on people who are at their wits end with no money in their pockets trying to make quick money, being enticed into something they likely would never have been drawn into before.

    It is disgusting, I have never written anything nor have I ever been so angry at something such as advertisements shown on TV, almost 90% appear to be gambling adverts now, is this REALLY what this country is coming to?

    Gambling ruins more lives than it does help, praying on the weak and innocent, from a personal view they do nothing but turning people into lower forms of their former selves.

    There are thousands of companies now who host gaming websites, not to mention their is a gambling shop on every street block, and most of the time there is more than two and sometimes even three or more per street block on any given street.

    All of these advertisements and not so much of a glimpse of a HELP website or phone line for people deeply effected by these disgustingly nasty, praying companies.

    If you want to gamble, save up and fly to an appropriate destination in the world and enjoy some fun, do not devote your life to losing money you may or may not have worked very hard for.

    Gambling is very quickly in this day and age creating addicts and seeing this in every day life is now inescapable.

    about 11 months ago
  • What life could have been like...... Permalink

    :( - I have now played these very addictive machines for 10 years, I can honestly say that I have never felt so low. I have a child and one on the way. These machines are life and realtionship destroyers/reckers, I secretly play them in the hope, that Im going to have that one big win and walk away, but unfortunately that has never happened and never will. I love my Wife and Kids so much and still cant stop, even for them. I used to be a such a happy go luck kind of guy but these machines have sucked me dry of life! Theses machines are going to be the next big pandemic in the UK and the government are too greedy to realise the damage these machines are inflicting on indiviudals and their famalies. I have seen people who gamble their lifes away and think, I dont want to be that person and then realise that I am that person. If you have never played these machines then dont, as previously quoted, if this were a drug then it would be comapred to heroin/cocaine. I want to lead a petition to prevent these machines destroying anyone elses lives. So if you have been a victim of FOBT then please lets do something about it. I want a petition of a 100k people so that the right people listen. So please, dont just read this, sign the petition if you truly want something to change. To make change momentum is required! if you or your loved ones have fallen victims to this high street gambling, please show your support to this petition otherwise nothing will change. I truly belive that with enough support form you and other victims we can have these machines removed from our streets. The Petition can be found on HM Government petitons - FOBT removed or send me an email and I will forward you the link - the only way these machines can stop detroying ourlives are having them removed.

    about 11 months ago
  • nicola1987 Permalink

    I was introduced to online bingo when I was pregnant with my daughter in 2010, I was on maternity leave and was quite bored. my cousin was sat playing on a deal or no deal game on gala bingo and she started showing me how it worked. I wasn't very interested in it and then me and my cousin started going to bingo for real. I remember putting a few quid in the slot machines and won 50 pound, and since then I was hooked. over the years its got worse and worse, every few minutes I will think of gambling. The amount of adverts really annoy me, im trying to fight this and I cant get away from it. ive wasted all of my savings of about 4000 pound and my relationship is not very good at the moment as I shut him out a lot. ive had enough and want these adverts to stop.

    about 7 months ago
  • No ethics man Permalink

    Ohhh well, don't know where to start. In last 4 years I am gambling and stand now with 60k in debt & all my salary as well almost near about to lose my wife. I am a foreigner. In my 26 years life I didn't knew what's call gambling. And never spend money in unnecessary things(before 2011)

    Once I got a job in bookies called Coral. Never knew what is this,,,, just knew they paying well.
    After 3/4 months work I was well understand how to make money. When I have seen people print ticket for 1500 or more. So I tempted to play as well. I went to other bookies & start playing. Remembered that day when I lost £150 only and I cried for that. ..........

    Since then start my gambling life. I borrowed money from friends and lost. Then I start to using my girl friend money. To telling a lie to her. (She is very poor girl & worked very hard to save some money.) she believed me and gave money whenever I wanted although she didn't knew about my gambling. When my girl knew that I am gambling she cried and said don't destroy my & our life. And I promise that I won't do it again. But literally I never stop.

    After one year lost my bookies job as I was playing with their money. Once again my angel girl friend stood by me & gave money to bookies and save me not to go prison.

    My visa was running out then again my girl help me with money to fix the problem. I promised myself I won't gamble again in my life. I took two jobs 7 days a week. Having good monthly salary end of the month. All was fixed. We got married & happy life....................

    But happiness not lasting long in my life. Start gambling again..........

    And lost 36k with in two months time. It's all loan credit card.
    My wife doesn't know how much I lost but she know I have lost money in gambling.

    I don't know what should I do ?????? Be honest I want kill myself, how I can be that much stupid.
    Having MBA degree & was doing well in job. And had hoped for bright future. Thought I will do PhD and will be university professor. But now I can't see anything going to be happen in my life. What can I do???? Who do I blame? Why my life become like that???

    Is my real destination to kill myself and get rid off all of this pain!!!!!!
    Plz help....

    about 6 months ago
  • Daveymac Permalink

    I support any campaign against FOBT's, advertising of gambling establishment / online gambling sites. My wife has been addicted to online slots, bingo, scratch cards and anything else money can be squandered on. When her wages are gone she uses my card without permission. It's getting to the point where I don't know where I am going to get money to pay the bills. On the very rare occasions she wins the sites on question always have a reason not to pay out straight away and hang on until she loses it all again. I have tried some blocking programmes but she always finds a way around them. I would as I suspect a lot of other spouses would like the abolition of online gambling and FOBT's.

    about 1 month ago
  • Nick Permalink

    To No Ethics Man, please do not take your own life. Feel free to email me ( so we can have a chat. I don't have the answers but sometimes it's good to talk things through. You are loved by people and by God.

    about 1 month ago
  • mark Permalink

    MR David Cameron must ban online casinos

    about 1 month ago
  • ellis Permalink

    i agree im going all out on this one its destroying UK and the world its destroying people i want online gambling banned for UK will you join me in the fight against the devil

    about 1 month ago
  • I am with Ellis Permalink

    Hi Ellis&Everyone,

    We need to tackle the root cause extremely hard on this issue. Right now, One in five families have at least a parent or child going through gambling problems. This is an epidemic and yet for some reason, the government still allows it to be advertised to your family and friends knowing there is a significant chance it will destroy them. From the high streets to our living rooms, We should go after the people/company shareholders paying the government to have them blatantly destroy the people they govern. Let's have counter measures for addicts and give them a reason or will to spend that money on something positive. It can be done if we work very hard at it as no success ever comes that easy. For the sake of our loved ones, these leeches must be eradicated.

    about 1 month ago

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