Regular training key to betting shop safety, says ABB's Peter Craske

Regular training key to betting shop safety, says ABB's Peter Craske

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 Posted by Craig Davies
Speaking ahead of DCMS stakes and prizes review next month

The Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) has repeated its stance that, on high streets betting shops offer the safest environment to place a wager.

With the Department for Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) set to publish the triennial review of stakes and prizes next month, the Government continues to be put under pressure by campaigners, particularly regarding FOBTs (Fixed Odds Betting Terminals).

Mounting speculation suggests that the maximum stake is to be slashed from £100 to just £2; a move the gambling industry suggests would cost widespread job losses and shop closures.

Peter Craske of the ABB has spoken to about the issue, and how the regular and extensive training staff receive ensures the safety of betting shops:  “For independent betting shop operators who are members of the ABB, we provide them with three training courses – on responsible gambling, age verification testing and identifying someone seeking to commit fraud or other financial crime.

“These courses have been designed with help from the Gambling Commission and are provided to all independent members of the ABB.

“All of which means instead of being complacent and switching off, our staff are switched on, undertaking constant training and refresher courses on existing and new responsible gambling measures.”

Refresher courses outlined include spotting when someone is getting into difficulty, the ability to provide appropriate help and the ‘think 21’ scheme.  While new initiatives introduced through the ABBs ‘Responsible Gambling Code’ were also cited, with staff required to understand players setting their own limits, mandatory alerts and the Multi-Operator Self-Exclusion Scheme (MOSES).

All of which Craske concludes is “the reason that betting shops are the safest place to gamble on the high street and will continue to be so for many years to come”

Totally Gaming says:  Regular training practises seem to be very much in place, however, with the DCMS review now long overdue it has allowed pressure on the government to continue to build.  Whatever the outcome next month, the reaction of campaigners and bookmakers will be particularly interesting.


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