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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  • Luisa Permalink

    My heart goes out to Sue and her incredibly tragic story. So so sad and the nightmare ending for anyone who has experienced their loved one succumb to the 'demon' gamble. I have watched my son deteriorate over four years from a happy healthy sporty young man to the frightened rat in the corner he has now become. All his savings have been squandered, he has lied, stolen. manipulated and lost himself to this disease. The NHS needs to face up to facts - this nation has created a whole generation of gambling addicts. TV incessantly promotes it - blatantly through advertising, sponsorship and late-night live gambling shows promising the wins and insidiously through 'game' shows such as deal or no deal which actually promote risk-taking and encourage the desire to have an instant win of money. I understand my son's addiction - that pleasure chemicals release in his brain and help him escape his reality momentarily. But sometimes I feel so angry at the false, unreal promises on betting shop hoardings, online, TV everywhere. Its just immoral. Then I turn the pages of the business section in my guardian newspaper to see hailed as 'Business woman of the year' making 23 billion quid in 2011 - the CEO of Betfred. BIG DEAL. That money wasn't earned, and it didn't take a business brain to make that much profit. Just an immoral, unethical greedy individual preying on vulnerable people. Sickening. She should fund the burial ceremonies of all the suicide victims of this disease. Shame on her. Shame on this country. We've lost the plot. It has to stop.

    about 11 months ago
  • john Permalink

    The fobt machines in bookmakers will destroy anyones life. I have played them for many years and have often thought it would be better to take my own life. I am now seeking the help ive been needing through gamblers anonymous and a desire to make my life better. I feel there should be as much done as possible to have these things banned. They only ruin lives and make the bookmaker very very rich. I can only imagine the amount of people who have taken their own lives and no more should have to even think of doing the same.

    Like others who have commented, I sit watching tv amazed by the amount of ads that glamourise gambling. There is one on at the moment where a man is gambling on his phone. What stood out for me was that he is doing this on his own at what looks like in the middle of the night. I would say thats a pretty spot on ad as most people who gamble thisway are secret gamblers and end up feeling very alone

    about 10 months ago
  • ahmed Permalink

    5:90-91 => O you who believe! Intoxicants and gambling and stones and divining arrows are only an infamy of Satan’s handiwork. Leave them aside in order that you may succeed. Satan seeks only to ast among you enmity and hatred by means of strong drink and gambling, and to turn you from remembrance of Allah and from His worship. WIll you not then abstain? ( During the period of ignorance before Islam the pagan Arabs were given to drinking wine and other alcoholic drinks. The Islamic prohibition was effected in three stages. Allah first discouraged the believing Muslims from drinking wine, drawing to their attention the fact that there was more evil than benefit in intoxicants. Later, they were forbidden from praying while under the influence of alcohol. With the above verse, the practice was definitively forbidden. At the same time, gambling was also outlawed, the two vices having many of the same properties. The “arrows” referred to were used for the division of meant by a sort of lottery or raffle. They were also used for divinition, for example, in ascertaining lucky or inauspicious moments, or learning the wishes of the heathen gods, as to whether men should undertake certain actions or not. All superstitions, whether or not they seem to have an occult reality, are outlawed by God’s Law). the above is a verse from Holy Qur'an, please read Qur'an, that is the only way of good life, Qur'an explained gambling 14 hundred years ago and prohibited and we recognized today the problem, why do we hate to rule ourselves sharia if it is good...we do not have anyone who is talking this law. i have lost many good people in alcohol and gambling, and anyone knows the deep problem of intoxicants(wine) and gambling and these days they open huge places in high streets in the capital mostly where area of populated, these must be stopped otherwise it will have bad affect in our selves,our children our grand children and all the generation who is coming in the future who have to build a better future to our generation. thanks

    about 10 months ago
  • Rambooo Permalink

    I used to watch my cousin play as soon As learned how it was played started to play them my self they are extremely addictive I played them for 10 months and had some big wins witch always ended up in a different bookie I lost over £9000
    I don't play them any more but it was very hard to give as an ex gamler ill say don't even step in a bookie.

    about 8 months ago
  • Owen Baily Permalink

    Hi there. For one moment, forget the gambler, forget the bookmaker, forget any other government organisation. For a moment think about the companies behind the production of the FOBT games and terminals. Has anyone heard of Barcrest, Global Draw and SG Gaming? What about Scientific Games? If anyone has not, then I would encourage people to have a look at their websites. The websites offer a completely different perspective. A commercial one at that. In particular look on the SG Gaming website, look under 'news' and read the article headed 'pioneering gaming duo receive industry recognition award'. It is a very interesting and informative news article. You will learn much. From what I have studied so far of the websites I have mentioned, it feels like that any attempt campaign against the removal of B2 machines as mentioned in point four will be a very very difficult challenge. Please also be aware, if you are not already, that the FOBT's which at one point were found exclusively in LBO's, are now becoming more prevalent not just in casino's, but amusement arcades and with thanks to barcrest, pubs and bars too. I personally have come to accept that the FOBT's are here to stay. Another source worth looking at.....don't laugh.....'SAVE THE BOOKIE CAMPAIGN' found in the Association for British Bookmakers website. Take a look, they offer another perspective. They argue that without FOBT's the LBO's industry would collapse, along with Britains biggest sports....Horseracing and Greyhounds. To finish, I have to applaud and congratulate the very clever bosses at Scientific Games. They must think they have hit the Jackpot of all Jackpots. (Excuse the pun!) Think about it. Already a multi billion pound business by 2000, they must have been laughing when the bought the UK based firm Global Draw. Even more so when the UK government relaxed the laws in 2005. Scientific Games must have pre emted this. What is happening in the UK is what can and will happen in other countries too. When other countries relax their gambling laws I anticipate similar occurances happening there.....and behind it.....a multi billion dollar american multi nantional corporate firm!

    about 6 months ago
  • Owen Baily Permalink

    Referring to the sentence starting 'Please also be aware....' in my previous article, I just need to clarify that although it is true that FOBT's are becoming more prevalent in casino's, I meant to write that since SG Gaming has taken on Barcrest, terminals with the appearance of FOBT's are beginning to appear in amusement arcades and pubs and not actually that FOBT's ARE now appearing in amusements arcades and pubs as my article implied.

    about 6 months ago
  • sue mcguinness Permalink

    please please where can I get help for my son. there is just no help I live in derby I just don't no where to get help

    about 5 months ago
  • 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 4 months 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 3 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 2 months ago

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