Gambling

What Are The Odds Of That? Worst Anti-Gambling Advert Ever Really Backfires

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK

It was, ironically, a bit of a gamble. An anti-gambling poster campaign and TV advert saw a young boy called Andy telling his horrified friends that h...

Are You A Shopaholic or Is It Parkinson's?

Elaine Benton | Posted 03.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Elaine Benton

My husband really lucked out in one respect when we married, for he never had to worry about me over using his credit card on big spending sprees. I never enjoyed shopping and quite frankly found it a chore, culminating in me often wearing the same old outfits year in year out.

Gambling With Your Security

David Emm | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Tech
David Emm

Gambling no longer takes place only among the glittering lights of Las Vegas or in dingy betting shops smelling of stale beer and disappointment. There are now thousands of websites devoted to the pastime... But just like in the real-world, there exist scammers who prey on unsuspecting gamblers.

Gambling Is a Losers Game

Nick Clements | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Clements

Since the inception of the National Lottery gambling has rapidly become acceptable and part of our everyday lifestyle. This has spawned a multimillion pound industry, very cleverly dividing us into gender gambling, woman using bingo, men betting on sport.

Is Football Experiencing a Crisis of Moral Responsibility?

Hamish Mackay | Posted 27.07.2014 | UK Sport
Hamish Mackay

Is this really what football has been reduced to? A means of peddling crap we don't need, laundering the reputations of morally questionable companies and encouraging us to gamble away what little money we have left at the end of it all?

Britain 'Among Most Tolerant' Of Homosexuality

Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK

Fewer than a fifth of people in the UK think homosexuality is "morally unacceptable", the sixth lowest of any country to take part in new research on ...

UK Banking System Gambles With Brits' Livelihood

Alex Letts | Posted 18.05.2014 | UK
Alex Letts

Coinciding with an unforgettable week of racing at Cheltenham, Britain's gambling industry has had some rather less sunny headlines. Recent figures from the Campaign for Fairer Gambling revealed that, across the 55 most deprived boroughs in the country, more than £1.3bn was gambled on fixed-odds betting terminals last year, £470m of which was lost...

Oscar Ad To Be Probed By Advertising Watchdog

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK

A Paddy Power advert which has been slammed by Labour shadow ministers and domestic violence campaigners for encouraging bets on whether Oscar Pistori...

'Dead Women Are Not Entertainment'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 02.03.2014 | UK

Paddy Power has defended a controversial advert promoting bets on the Oscar Pistorius trial, with the Paralympic athlete accused of killing his girlfr...

Government Bill Ignores Gibraltar Excellence and Puts Consumers at Risk

Peter Howitt | Posted 19.04.2014 | UK Politics
Peter Howitt

The Gambling Licensing Bill, fast approaching its final stages, plans to change online gambling licensing laws and if passed will undermine the excellent protection afforded to UK customers by Gibraltar and its online gambling operators, who currently supply the majority of UK consumer online gambling transactions.

Gambling Bill's Regulatory Failings Highlighted in Lords Debate

Peter Howitt | Posted 24.03.2014 | UK Politics
Peter Howitt

Last week's committee stage debate in the House of Lords highlighted concern and confusion over the powers afforded to the Gambling Commission to regulate foreign operators, under the proposed Gambling Bill.

From Anorexia Sufferer to Body Builder: Same Illness, A Different Guise?

Sam Thomas | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Thomas

The focus on size and shape seems to suggests eating disorder is a physical illness, which it is not. By 'calorie loading' this is simply ignoring the underlying causes of anorexia - it may put on the weight, yes. However it does little to address the key factors or triggers linked to his eating disorder.

Government Plans Could See a Quarter of Punters Drift to the Black Market

Peter Howitt | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK Politics
Peter Howitt

The only real winner under the current proposals would not be the consumers who need protecting, nor the government wishing to raise revenues, but instead the unscrupulous black market bookmakers capitalising on the misfortune of firms currently championed for their regulatory excellence.

Bridging the Gulf Between Addiction and Freedom

Tony Lobl | Posted 07.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

Addiction is like a chasm opening up before you and enticing you to keep walking despite the dire consequences ahead. Not that you are likely to realise the dangers at the time. My addiction 'of choice' was gambling.

Kids Exposed To TV Gambling Ads More Than 200 Times A Year

The Huffington Post UK | Asa Bennett | Posted 20.11.2013 | UK

Kids as young as four are being exposed to gambling adverts on TV more than 200 times a year, as official figures show that the amount of gambling ads...

'If You Can't Prevent Rape You Enjoy It'

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

India's top police official has caused outrage for uttering the statement: "If you can't prevent rape, you enjoy it." Central Bureau of Investigat...

Mobile Gambling: A Gambler In Every Home?

Tommy Wyher | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech
Tommy Wyher

Mobile gambling encompasses roulette, slots, blackjack, poker and sports betting, with wagers put on at the swipe of a finger within minutes of signing up to an online casino, and full HD graphics are now the norm.

The Pernicious Gambling Machines Ruining the Lives of Our Society's Poorest

Tom Watson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Tom Watson

Twenty seconds. That's all it takes to spin a digital roulette wheel. Twenty seconds and you're on the road to financial ruin, relationship breakdown and despair. These pernicious machines are destroying the lives of the poorest in society. Gamblers can bet £100 per stake on fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) whereas fruit machines have a limit of only £2. When you're on the minimum wage, £100 is a lot to lose. These high stakes make FOBTs a major source of profit for the industry and it's why I want their use curbed. Many addiction charities and MPs agree... Imagine my disbelief then to discover the Government won't act.

With Ladbrokes Now Offering Students to Bet on Their Own Degree, Is Student Gambling Getting Out of Hand?

Adam Grunwerg | Posted 23.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Adam Grunwerg

Ladbrokes, one of the UK's oldest and most established bookmakers, recently introduced a new betting service that allows fresher's to bet on their own final degree classification. The new service, which is available now at Ladbrokers.com, covers odds for any fresher's degree classification in any of the UK's top 20 Universities.

Lib Dems Take A Punt On Tackling High Street Gambling

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 17.09.2013 | UK

The Liberal Democrats have pledged to restrict the proliferation of betting shops on Britain’s High Streets following a debate on gambling at the pa...

Chuka Umunna Accused Of Hypocrisy For Accepting Gambling Donation

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 06.10.2013 | UK Politics

A senior Labour MP has come under fire for accepting a £20,000 donation from a gambling tycoon while campaigning against the spread of betting shops ...

High Stakes Battle for High Street Bookies

Seth Freedman | Posted 29.09.2013 | UK
Seth Freedman

Bookmakers across Britain are joining forces to combat the scourge of problem gambling, or so the script goes at least. The formation of the P3 Group is seen by more cynical observers as just the latest, desperate attempt by the bookies to stave off a growing avalanche of pressure to better police the gambling industry.

Is Facebook Inviting Trouble By Expanding Its Betting Operations?

Reno Charlton | Posted 25.09.2013 | UK Tech
Reno Charlton

Over recent years, social networking giant Facebook has become a truly global phenomenon. Many of us now use the site on a daily basis for networking with friends, updating statuses, uploading photos, and general entertainment. However, the social network has made it clear that it wants to branch out into other areas...

It Could Be You... But What if it Isn't?

Dale Bilson | Posted 26.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dale Bilson

Sitting on the train, contemplating how to spend my Euro Millions winnings ahead of 2013's biggest jackpot of £157m this week, my usual pre-draw euphoria was replaced by an unfamiliar and frightening realisation: that not only my dream purchases, but even some things I take for granted, could be at risk if I didn't win.

UK's Online Gambling Industry Breaks £2 Billion Barrier

Reno Charlton | Posted 20.08.2013 | UK
Reno Charlton

Over recent years, online gambling has become an increasingly popular and common form of entertainment, with many people joining up to online casino, ...