Staff in bookmakers’ shops are woefully ill-equipped to spot problem gamblers and are more likely to offer them shoddy strategy advice than due concern, according to a new report commissioned by the gambling industry itself.

The study, conducted by research group Revealing Reality and published by the Industry Group for Responsible Gambling, found that staff were poorly trained and would encourage customers to chase losses or would reinforce “false beliefs” about lucky numbers or other useless “tactics” involved in playing fixed-odds betting terminals.

According to the report, one customer was told: “You always win when you sit at this table, … Read more

DDoS Attack Knocks Out National Lottery Website   

Thousands of National Lottery players failed to get their tickets for the big draw on Saturday night, although we might point out that this only made them marginally less likely to win.

The reason? The entire lottery website was hit by a DDoS attack. Lottery operator Camelot apologized for the situation on Saturday, but only admitted the following day that cyber criminals had taken the site down.

DDoS (or distributed denial of service) attacks use thousands, or even millions, of surreptitiously compromised IP addresses, which together create a “botnet” than is then concentrated on a website, overwhelming its bandwidth … Read more

Paddy Power Betfair Slammed Over ‘Self-Serving’ FOBT U-turn

PaddyPower Betfair CEO Breon Corcoran has been accused of stabbing the betting industry in the back over his sudden dramatic call for tighter regulations on fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs).

Corcoran, who has announced that he will shortly step down from his role as head of the company, told the UK government this week that it should slash the maximum stakes on the machines from $100 per spin to “£10 or lower,” thus breaking ranks with the betting industry.

The Association of British Bookmakers (ABB), of which Paddy Power Betfair is a paid-up member, has warned that a significant reduction in … Read more

Labour Wants Problem Gambling Treatment on NHS With Betting Companies Footing the Bill

Deputy opposition leader Tom Watson told the Labour Party Conference in Brighton this week that a Labour government would introduce a special levy on betting companies to fund NHS treatment for problem gamblers.

Labour will initiate a review of gambling addiction in the UK, and of the current provision for treatment on the NHS, while assessing “the feasibility of making the gambling industry pay a compulsory levy to fund NHS treatment and help lift problem gamblers out of the destructive cycle of addiction,” said Watson.

It’s time to “finally confront problem gambling,” he added.

ABB Would Not Oppose Levy

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Genting Puts Maxims on the Market

Maxims, the swanky members-only casino on the southern perimeter of London’s Kensington Gardens, is on the market. Its current owner, the Malaysian casino giant Genting, is asking for at least £40 million for the small but extremely exclusive casino property.

Maxims is based inside a grade II-listed early Victorian townhouse, built for Charles Dickens’ friend and biographer John Forster, and offers a discreet and intimate gaming experience for its wealthy guests.

But in terms of the high-end London gaming segment, it’s always been a bit of an outlier, tucked away in a small corner of South Kensington, while most of … Read more

Ladbrokes’ Scores an Own Goal with Burnley FC Betting Blunder

Ladbrokes’ social media team was forced to issue a public apology to Burnley FC and its fans after scoring an own goal on Twitter.

Despite UK betting operators often having some fun with their social media accounts, Ladbrokes’ recent critique of Burnley’s loss to Leeds United came at the expense of its business partner.

A Rocky Start to a New Relationship

Burnley announced Ladbrokes as its official betting partner back in August 2017. As part of the deal, the two companies agreed to share promotional resources and create “new experiences for fans” according to the club’s Commercial Director, Anthony Fairclough.… Read more

Betfair Backing Rio Ferdinand to Become a Boxing Champion

Former footballer Rio Ferdinand is bidding to become a professional boxer and British betting operator Betfair is backing the campaign.

Despite being a rank novice with zero amateur bouts under his belt, 38-year-old Ferdinand knows what it takes to compete at the highest level in sport. On top this, he’s kept himself in good shape since retiring from football.

Ferdinand Doesn’t Want to be the Class Clown

However, to step in the ring as a pro and ultimately challenge for a title (something he wants to do), takes more than some cardiovascular strength and a bit of willpower. To help … Read more

Paddy Power in Trouble After Offering Odds on a Dead Man

Betting operator Paddy Power has landed in hot water after offering odds on an ex-footballer coming back from the dead to manage Birmingham City FC.

Following the sacking of Harry Redknapp on September 16, Paddy Power was quick to jump on the action and put up a betting market speculating on his replacement.

Alongside established coaches such as Sam Allardyce and Frank de Boer, Paddy Power’s odds makers decided to have add some of customary outside bets.

A Critical Oversight Causes Backlash

Birmingham native Ozzy Osbourne was one of the exotic options rated at 2,500/1, but the one outlier that … Read more

FOBT Review Putting Future Mergers for GVC Holdings on Hold  

GVC Holdings Chief Executive Kenny Alexander has said further mergers and acquisitions could be on the horizon but only after the UK government’s gambling review is published.

Following the publication of the operator’s interim financials for the six months to June 30, 2017, Alexander has confirmed the need for further growth when the conditions are right. According to the results published on September 14, GVC Holdings saw net gaming revenue increase by 25 percent in real terms year-on-year.

Continued Growth for GVC

Although the €486.2/£431.4 million was offset by the continued cost of the £1.1 billion bwin.party takeover that completed … Read more

UK Government No Longer Split on FOBT Issue

A review into Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) hasn’t been brushed under the carpet according to government sources.

Following a report that Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond had moved to block a review into FOBTs, the government has confirmed otherwise.

At the start of August, the Daily Mail suggested the head of the Treasury wasn’t keen on a reducing the maximum stake for FOBTs.

However, following backlash over Hammond’s potential objection to the FOBT review, sources speaking to The Times have said he’s “dropped” his opposition.

Consternation Over FOBT Review

As part of the review into FOBTs, the Department … Read more