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, 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, ...

Rise and Fall of Amusement Arcades: Dens of Iniquity or Harmless Fun?

John Osborne | Posted 31.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
John Osborne

There are others who say that arcades are the perfect antidote to gambling and that they have positive effects on the psyche of children, who go in there at a young age to grab a stuffed Eeyore on the claw machine. At an early age the noises of the arcade and an understanding of winning and losing become indoctrinated into the brain.

Is Matched Betting the Answer to Student Prayers?

Owen Burek | Posted 20.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Owen Burek

If you put some time aside to really understand matched betting, and get it right, there are a good number of people out there in these forums proving that they have been making the equivalent of £30 an hour, tax free. And apparently they haven't been arrested, so I thought I'd give it a go for myself (with a healthy dose of scepticism).

Who Has Already Banned Google Glass?

Huffington Post UK | Posted 08.05.2013 | UK Tech

They haven't even been released to the public yet, but already the potential of Google Glass to help those of a more dishonest nature is being quashed...

Payday Loans and Gambling: Protecting the Poor from Themselves

Dave Clements | Posted 25.05.2013 | UK
Dave Clements

Like Citizens Advice the Money Advice Trust that runs the Debtline has called for the OFT to intervene where these companies are not sticking to 'responsible lending' practices.

High-Tech Casino Scammers Net £22 Million Haul

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 19.05.2013 | UK Tech

A casino's high-tech security cameras were accessed by a team of scammers who carried out a heist worth £22 million. The opulent Crown Casino in M...

Charlie Thomas

Betting On A Bright Future | Charlie Thomas | Posted 11.03.2013 | UK

Victor Chandler has a reputation as a gentleman bookie – a traditional charmer whose business is more caring about its punters than some of the othe...

Charlie Thomas

Britain's Love Of Gambling Makes William Hill A Good Bet | Charlie Thomas | Posted 29.01.2013 | UK

Despite money being tight, it appears the British public still loves to place a bet, after William Hill, Britain's largest bookmaker, said its operati...

Masked Robber Dies In Botched Raid On Ladbrokes

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.01.2013 | UK

A masked armed robber collapsed and died after being disarmed and pinned down by customers in a bookies. The man, in his 50s, was believed to be we...

When Online Poker Becomes the Day Job

Gary Gowers | Posted 26.03.2013 | Home
Gary Gowers

I was already aware that traditional poker was played by professionals - there are Poker World Tours for heaven's sake - but for a bloke to earn something akin to $4 million for a few hours play was almost too much for my small brain to process.

The Crusade Against Slot Machines Is Motored By Old-Fashioned Victorian Paternalism

Brendan O'Neill | Posted 12.03.2013 | UK Politics
Brendan O'Neill

Moral crusades against gambling are nothing new. There have always been social reformers, religious folk and promoters of good manners who have found themselves more shocked by the moral slovenliness of the poor than by the existence of poverty itself.

The Day I Owned a Horse - Harness Racing on Prince Edward Island

Ben Whitmarsh | Posted 06.03.2013 | UK Sport
Ben Whitmarsh

The first time the elegant hoof of the equine world came hurtling into my life was back in 1987. The Grand National was on the BBC and the name 'Maori Venture' caught my attention.