FOBT measures have had 'no impact' – study

FOBT measures have had 'no impact' – study

Monday, August 24, 2015 Totally Gaming
Responsible Gambling Trust slams 'failing' measures

A new report commissioned by the Responsible Gambling Trust has claimed that measures launched by the Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) to protect gamblers who use Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) have had no impact.

The report by NatCen analysed data between March and December 2014 and found that only 1,400 out of 3.9 million sessions on FOBTs used one of the limit-setting measures introduced by the bookmakers.

NatCen said that the results indicated that there was “no statistical evidence of any impact of the machine changes”.

The report added that there was no evidence of reducing the length of time spent gambling, the amount of money gambled and lost, the number of players gambling for sessions of more than 30 minutes, and the proportion of sessions using over £250 in cash for play.

“These measures had no evidence base to support them when the bookmakers introduced them and now the early evidence is that the measures are failing,” a spokesperson for the Campaign for Fairer Gambling said.

Graham Jones MP, who is leading calls for a clampdown on the £100-per-spin casino machines, added: “This is a damning evaluation of measures the bookmakers devised and as predicted they aren’t working.

“Of course the bookmakers want to self-regulate, just like the tobacco industry did and it’s no coincidence tobacco industry tactics are increasingly being used by the betting industry to protect FOBTs.”

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