Internet gambling is the real concern

York Press: Internet gambling is the real concern Internet gambling is the real concern

IT WAS good to see Hugh Bayley pushing for a ban on the highly addictive fixed betting terminals. He describes such machines as the “crack cocaine of gambling” (The Press, January 8).

There is even a more serious form of gambling. Internet gambling is here, the television adverts are full of the sites where you can have a little fun.

This may lead to gambling more than you intended. It’s available every minute you are at home. You don’t have to go to the bookmakers.

So for many the spiral downwards begins, emptying bank accounts, borrowing money sometimes from pay-day loan companies, stealing from friends, relatives or work, while gambling on computers at home, work or on a mobile phone. It’s inviting, with money given for free to get you started.

The devastating consequences of becoming addicted to gambling are never shown on the slick adverts, the broken relationships, the loss of homes, and the impact on businesses.

Perhaps the effects of internet gambling should be the next thing Mr Bayley should be taking up in Parliament and work towards getting it banned.

Chris Mangham, Lindsey Avenue, Acomb, York.

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10:53am Wed 15 Jan 14

Meldrew2 says...

Should we ban everything that can be addictive then?

Gambling?
Drinking?
Sex?

No - because a vast majority of people are sensible and do not get addicted. Those who do would just get their 'fix' elsewhere anyway.
Should we ban everything that can be addictive then? Gambling? Drinking? Sex? No - because a vast majority of people are sensible and do not get addicted. Those who do would just get their 'fix' elsewhere anyway. Meldrew2

3:00pm Wed 15 Jan 14

bravo whisky says...

Bayley is obviously not trying hard enough as over recent years high street gambling outlets have been allowed to spring up all over York , and gambling advertising is getting much worse on TV. I agree with the above, if a person has a natural addictive nature they will get their highs anyway they can.
Bayley is obviously not trying hard enough as over recent years high street gambling outlets have been allowed to spring up all over York , and gambling advertising is getting much worse on TV. I agree with the above, if a person has a natural addictive nature they will get their highs anyway they can. bravo whisky

3:47pm Wed 15 Jan 14

ColdAsChristmas says...

We have an organisation called the Gambling Commission who are supposed to be regulating all of this. Like the people (Ofgem) who are supposed to regulate our energy bills, these people do nothing or at least next to nothing. Yes there are betting shops all over the place + the TV and on line varieties. Not that long since Tony Blair wanted a giant Casino.
Is it therefore little wonder that banks go bust through gambling high stakes and dare I say it that wind turbines spring up at great cost all over the place, just in case a link is found between CO2 and planet warming?
We have an organisation called the Gambling Commission who are supposed to be regulating all of this. Like the people (Ofgem) who are supposed to regulate our energy bills, these people do nothing or at least next to nothing. Yes there are betting shops all over the place + the TV and on line varieties. Not that long since Tony Blair wanted a giant Casino. Is it therefore little wonder that banks go bust through gambling high stakes and dare I say it that wind turbines spring up at great cost all over the place, just in case a link is found between CO2 and planet warming? ColdAsChristmas

4:43pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Jonthan says...

bravo whisky wrote:
Bayley is obviously not trying hard enough as over recent years high street gambling outlets have been allowed to spring up all over York , and gambling advertising is getting much worse on TV. I agree with the above, if a person has a natural addictive nature they will get their highs anyway they can.
High Street gambling in York is not a matter for Parliament providing the outlets comply with the law.
[quote][p][bold]bravo whisky[/bold] wrote: Bayley is obviously not trying hard enough as over recent years high street gambling outlets have been allowed to spring up all over York , and gambling advertising is getting much worse on TV. I agree with the above, if a person has a natural addictive nature they will get their highs anyway they can.[/p][/quote]High Street gambling in York is not a matter for Parliament providing the outlets comply with the law. Jonthan

1:04am Thu 16 Jan 14

Magicman! says...

ColdAsChristmas wrote:
We have an organisation called the Gambling Commission who are supposed to be regulating all of this. Like the people (Ofgem) who are supposed to regulate our energy bills, these people do nothing or at least next to nothing. Yes there are betting shops all over the place + the TV and on line varieties. Not that long since Tony Blair wanted a giant Casino.
Is it therefore little wonder that banks go bust through gambling high stakes and dare I say it that wind turbines spring up at great cost all over the place, just in case a link is found between CO2 and planet warming?
Well such government organisations are just there to shift paper round and look as if they're doing something so they keep their jobs. If you could get a job where you did sod all and got paid, would you want to risk losing it? because obviously these guys don't!

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Something I've noticed about online gambling adverts. With the exception of about 3 sites, the rest are aimed at women (foxy bingo, lucky pants, jackpot joy, sun binog etc etc). Although I'm a bloke, it does strike me as if the people who run these sites have decided "let's target women, they just sit around the house all day drinking coffee, so perhaps we can make money off them", which is sexist and inaccurate.
[quote][p][bold]ColdAsChristmas[/bold] wrote: We have an organisation called the Gambling Commission who are supposed to be regulating all of this. Like the people (Ofgem) who are supposed to regulate our energy bills, these people do nothing or at least next to nothing. Yes there are betting shops all over the place + the TV and on line varieties. Not that long since Tony Blair wanted a giant Casino. Is it therefore little wonder that banks go bust through gambling high stakes and dare I say it that wind turbines spring up at great cost all over the place, just in case a link is found between CO2 and planet warming?[/p][/quote]Well such government organisations are just there to shift paper round and look as if they're doing something so they keep their jobs. If you could get a job where you did sod all and got paid, would you want to risk losing it? because obviously these guys don't! -- Something I've noticed about online gambling adverts. With the exception of about 3 sites, the rest are aimed at women (foxy bingo, lucky pants, jackpot joy, sun binog etc etc). Although I'm a bloke, it does strike me as if the people who run these sites have decided "let's target women, they just sit around the house all day drinking coffee, so perhaps we can make money off them", which is sexist and inaccurate. Magicman!

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