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Gambling companies feed on addiction and misery. Why are MPs helping them?

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The Blair government’s 2005 liberalisation of gambling laws was intended to be a two-sided deal. Regulation of gambling firms would be overhauled and liberalised, and in return they would operate as businesses within ...

Gambling firms among heaviest radio advertisers during school run

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Gambling companies are among the heaviest advertisers on radio during “school run” hours when millions of children are in the car, according to research that prompted warnings about their exposure to promotions for th...

MPs criticise lottery operator Camelot over problem gambling

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A cross-party group of MPs has called for ministers to consider action against the national lottery operator, Camelot, arguing a move towards app-based games rather than traditional draws risks worsening problem gambl...

$22.4bn bid for Entain underlines value of British online gambling expertise

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The blockbuster $22.4bn (£16.4bn) bid for Ladbrokes and Coral owner Entain underlines just how valuable British online gambling expertise has become. Its prospective buyer, US fantasy sports outfit DraftKings, is one ...

Paul Merson: ‘Gambling is a horrible addiction. Your career passes you by’

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A few minutes before Paul Merson tells the surreal story which makes him cry, in a beautiful but broken memory, he looks at me intently. “It’s been 36 years of pure madness,” Merson says as he reflects on the gambling...

Retired nun admits to embezzling more than $800,000 to fund gambling habit

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A retired nun has admitted to embezzling $835,000 over 10 years from a Catholic school in California to fund her gambling habit, according to federal prosecutors. Sister Mary Margaret Kreuper, 79, a former principal a...

Gambling awards under fire over lack of diversity on judging panel

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One of the gambling sector’s most prestigious awards events has come under fire after it emerged that the judging panel of 52 people contains one woman and no black people. The Global Gaming Awards, convened by indust...

Gambling logos feature 700 times in football match, says Ch4 documentary

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Gambling logos can appear more than 700 times in a single football match, according to a documentary in which former Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson calls for a “radical rethink” of the relationship between...

Warren Buffett says online trading platforms encourage ‘gambling impulse’

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Warren Buffett warned people not to think investing is an easy way to make a fortune as he answered a variety of questions at the annual meeting of his conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway. Speaking in Los Angeles, the leg...

Gambling firms donating ‘insulting’ amounts to addiction charity

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Gambling firms behind more than £30m in football shirt sponsorship deals have been accused of making “insulting” contributions to the industry-funded addiction charity, with one giving just £250. An annual list of don...

Gambling firms will never take responsibility for addiction

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Your report (Tax gambling firms to fund addiction treatment, says NHS director, 7 April) is deja vu and depressing in equal measure. From 2004 to 2006, I was the CEO of the then Responsibility in Gambling Trust, which...

Why is a mandatory levy on the UK’s gambling industry still a roll of the dice?

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The government must force betting firms to pay heavily to treat gambling addiction – not rely on their goodwillThat betting firms should contribute to funding treatment for gambling addiction is beyond dispute these d...

Tax gambling firms to fund addiction treatment, says NHS director

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Gambling firms have profited during the pandemic but are leaving the NHS to “pick up the pieces” of addiction and should be hit with a compulsory levy to fund treatment, the head of mental health in England has said. ...

Video game loot boxes linked to problem gambling, study shows

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Loot boxes, video game features used by nearly 40% of children, have clear links to problem gambling, according to a study that has reignited calls for them to be regulated as betting products. Researchers analysed 13...

Football Index: Gambling Commission was warned about firm in January 2020

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The Gambling Commission was warned in January 2020 that the betting firm Football Index, which suspended its platform last week, was “an exceptionally dangerous pyramid scheme under the guise of a ‘football stock mark...

Head of British Gambling Commission resigns

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Neil McArthur steps down as boss of regulator before Gambling Act reviewThe head of the Gambling Commission is to step down, leaving the UK’s gambling regulator without a chief executive before a long-awaited governme...