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Weird and wonderful slot machines around the world

There really are some weird and wonderful slot machines out there. There are big payers, there are small payers and there are all sorts of different characters who have found their way onto those spinning wheels. But some of the ideas that people have come up with

William Hill raises stakes in tax battle

The new boss of William Hill has drawn battle lines with the government on his first day in the job by declaring that politicians could not possibly be any more hostile towards the betting industry. Campaigners said that the comments revealed the animosity felt by the industry

Grooming our children to be gamblers

Television viewers, including children, are exposed to intensive gambling advertising The many rules and codes in place are being reviewed this summer to ensure that they’re up to the task of protecting our young and vulnerable. However, with advertising revenues so critical to the commercial media and

Bookies in the UK ready to launch “responsible gambling code”

Bookmakers have tried to head off a growing political backlash against the industry by announcing voluntary measures to tackle problem gambling. William Hill, Ladbrokes, Coral and Paddy Power have agreed to advertise less aggressively and to promote “responsible gambling” messages. They will also set up and fund

Stop bombarding our kids with betting ads

If cigarette commercials are banned and alcohol ones restricted, why is the gambling industry able to target children? It’s not just football that has got the betting buzz. Test matches are accompanied by former players sitting around discussing how “cricket is a good game to bet on”

We should stack the odds against gambling

Liberalisation has gone too far. Fixed-odds betting terminals are fleecing deprived communities This was nearly a decade ago when I was researching a book on gambling (an activity I have always enjoyed). I spoke to many gamblers, some extremely successful. Alan Woods, for example, a computer-driven horse-racing

Don’t gamble with the poorest in society

Forget the tax income, Cameron, just pull the plug on the social curse of high street mini-casinos The smoking and drinking industries are better regulated, and while successive governments have introduced tougher measures on both, gambling is still seen as a more harmless, entertaining addiction. Gambling companies

Japanese take a gamble on pachinko game

There is a rattling of ball bearings and a continuous chorus of electronic beeps and chimes; a strip-lit interior and the hypnotic flicker of flashing lights and glowing screens. Seated in front of them are several rows of human figures, most of them male, many of them