(not satire – it’s the UK today)

Here’s proof that high street bookmakers are allowing gamblers to spend massive amounts of money without any intervention required under even their own regulations.

In this particular case, high street bookmaker Coral allowed a known gambling addict to spend £3,500 in less than 60 minutes on a Fixed Odds Betting Terminal – known in the industry as the crack cocaine of gambling:

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The gambler who lost the money illustrated above has confirmed there was no intervention from Coral staff.

Many bookmakers also allow gamblers to use gaming machines with a debit card. Which is also supposed to be against the regulations.

The Gaming Machine (Supply &c.) Regulations 2007, Methods of Payment, 2.1 states that:

“A gaming machine shall not be supplied or installed if it is designed or adapted to permit money to be paid by means of a credit card or debit card.”

Unfortunately this problem is not restricted to Coral. You can walk into any high street bookmaker and empty your account without a question being asked.

Of course, someone more cynical than me might think gaming companies were being allowed to get away with this because some MPs are receiving ‘benefits’ from the gambling industry:

Tory MP to be investigated over gambling industry benefits

And someone even more cynical might think George Orwell was right all along about this kind of gambling (from his novel 1984):

Heavy physical work, the care of home and children, petty quarrels with neighbours, films, football, beer, and above all gambling, filled up the horizon of their minds. To keep them in control was not difficult. All that was required of them was a primitive patriotism which could be appealed to whenever it was necessary to make them accept longer working hours or shorter rations. And when they become discontented, as they sometimes did, their discontentment led nowhere, because being without general ideas, they could only focus it on petty specific grievances.

Remind you of anything?

tory bingo and beer

Don’t say we weren’t warned!


Thanks to UK charity Rethink Gambling for the information.


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