This Soldier Will Use His Improbable Betting Fortune To Help His Ailing Father

The Huffington Post UK | George Bowden | Posted 11.10.2015 | UK

Many of us have placed bets on the off chance of winning a few pounds. But when Jon Heywood, a 27-year-old soldier from Cheshire, decided to place ...

Advert Banned For 'Tasteless Joke' About Child Slaves

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 16.09.2015 | UK

Britain's advertising watchdog has banned an "offensive" online gambling advert for likening an embattled Premier League manager to a child slave in t...

Chancers: The Weird World of Professional Gambling

Jak Hutchcraft | Posted 23.07.2015 | UK
Jak Hutchcraft

Once upon a time the word 'gambler' might have made you think of sweaty, grey-faced men in trackie-bottoms glaring vacuously at fruit machines or screaming at horses on the TV. But gambling is so ubiquitous in Britain today that any stigmatisms it had may be becoming something of the past.

How Mobile Games Became Evil (and Crap)

Thorsten Rauser | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK Tech
Thorsten Rauser

When Apple recently announced that apps generated approximately $14billion in revenue in 2014 ($10billion of which was paid out to developers), they did not mention that the biggest single chunk of that money came from exploiting players with obvious gambling problems.

Banned Health Lottery Advert Tried To Convince People To Spend £320

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Louise Ridley | Posted 26.11.2014 | UK

A Health Lottery TV advert has been banned after a watchdog said it could cause "financial, social or emotional harm" by encouraging viewers to sign u...

'Playing Poker Has Paid Off My Tuition Fees Three Times Over'

Huffington Post UK | Gemma Joyce | Posted 20.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Meet Harry Lodge, the Exeter student who’s earned enough cash playing poker to pay off his tuition fees three times over. The third year Economic...

Student Places £2 Bet At Ladbrokes, Wins £1m

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A masters student was taken slightly by surprise after her £2 bet at her local Ladbrokes turned into a £1m windfall. Thailand-born Jirtchaya Klon...

Louise Ridley

Turns Out It's Fine To Call Farage And Clegg 'Mass Debators' | Louise Ridley | Posted 14.08.2014 | UK

A Paddy Power advert showing Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage with suggestive facial expressions and the words "WHO'S THE BEST MASS DEBATER?” has escaped...

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 01.09.2014 | 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 30.08.2014 | 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 30.08.2014 | 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.