Half the teams in the English Premier League –like West Ham – are sponsored by gambling companies.
Since 2005 there has been a dramatic increase in gambling sponsorship of sport in the UK, prompting critics to call time on self-regulation in the industry.
No date has been set for the introduction of a £2 stake limit on fixed-odds betting terminals.
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Studies looking at a cross section of the UK population have long recognised FOBTs as contributors to harmful gambling.
Greater protections for online gamblers are clearly needed, given its growth and higher rates of problem gambling among its users.
There is reason to suggest new reforms, such a banning credit bets and establishing a self-exclusion register, will have some impact in helping to tackle problem gambling online.
William Hill is among the online bookies to be registered in the Northern Territory, where the tax and regulatory environment is more favourable.
No state wants to see its revenue base decline – particularly when the jurisdiction benefiting doesn’t even tax (or regulate) its bookies as well as it might.
Theatre of dreams.
Fixed odds betting terminals attract all the attention, but something alarming is being overlooked.
Just before they burst.
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Not our natural habitat. Risk and money go hand in hand.
The desire to fritter away our pay packet on the roll of a dice may not be hardwired at all. So where does it come from?
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