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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  • 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 9 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 7 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 2 months 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 2 months ago
  • mark Permalink

    MR David Cameron must ban online casinos

    about 2 months 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 2 months 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 2 months ago
  • Anon Permalink

    The responsible gambling trust apparently raises approx £5million per year from the gaming industry. That's about £20 per head for the (under)estimated 451,000 problem gamblers in the country. Hmmm. Responsible and trust are two words I cannot associate with the gambling industry!

    about 1 month ago
  • sean Permalink

    After heavy recent loses i was at my lowest ebb. Money begged and borrowed, with no way of repaying, from family was repeatedly squandered on FOBT. 3 weeks ago things came to a head. I calmly explained my predicament to the bookies worker behind the counter and asked him to ban me from the shop. I was informed that he was not allowed to ban me and i had to ''self exclude'' At this point i lost control and using a buffet i took revenge on 3 machines and a TV. The matter is now in the hands of the police. After prosecution i should be in possession of the shop footage and intend to use this to cause more damage to their profits by joining campaigns and bringing awareness to this massive problem in our communities. As hard as i have tried to abstain from gambling i cannot turn around without being bombarded by adverts. TV, emails, pop ups, text messages and most recently phone calls from ...

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    about 1 month ago
  • Lee Permalink

    please read and sign this petition I've set up - a better way of bookmakers/casinos tackling problem gambling. Please share the link with others too.

    about 1 month ago

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