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Arcades allow underage gambler on betting machines

The Argus: Arcades allow underage gambler on betting Arcades allow underage gambler on betting

AMUSEMENT arcades have been caught allowing underage children to use their betting machines.

A total of six out of seven arcades in Brighton and Hove allowed a 16-year-old boy to use fixed odds betting terminals after he was sent out in a test operation.

Brighton and Hove city councillors said the results of their tests were “shocking” and that there were real concerns about Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBs).

Test exercise Council officers, assisted by the Gambling Commission, carried out the test purchasing exercise.

Only The Gaming Centre in Boundary Road in Hove passed the test and challenged the 16-year-old boy to prove his age on entry.

You have to be aged 18 to use FOBs.

At the other six venues the teenager was allowed to walk in and around the premises and play on a machine.

The premises that failed the test purchase were Connaught Leisure in George Street in Hove, Metrobet Bookmakers in Boundary Road in Hove, Regency Arcade in West Street in Brighton and Bridge Bookmakers, Nobles Amusements and Silverstreak Ltd, all in St James’s Street in Brighton.

The council has announced that all the premises have responded to findings and all have issued a commitment to improve their policies and procedures.

Improvements will include increased training and ensuring customers have to approach staff before playing.

Councillor Stephanie Powell, chaiwoman of the city’s licensing committee, said the results of the test purchases were “shocking”.

She said: “With gaming machines on the increase and the real concerns about fixed odds betting terminals where people can lose a lot of money very quickly, it is more important than ever that we take steps to protect young people.”

Paul Brand, operations manager at Metrobet, said he was aware of the incident which the firm had dealt with internally. He said it was the first instance of its kind in seven years of the firm operating in the UK.

He added: “The manager concerned did not see the youngster approaching the FOBs because he was busy at the time and he has been disciplined.

New system “We feel the procedures we have in place are adequate but since the incident we now have a new system where the FOBs are blocked so anyone entering the shop has to go to the desk where they can be challenged on age.

“This incident is not something we are proud of but we are all human.”

Nobles Amusements said it was “company policy” not to comment while Connaught Leisure and the other operators were not able to provide a comment by the time The Argus went to print.

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10:19am Thu 19 Jun 14

Quiterie says...

Keeps them off the street and means they're not taking drugs..... so every cloud......
Keeps them off the street and means they're not taking drugs..... so every cloud...... Quiterie
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10:43am Thu 19 Jun 14

Gary 2014 says...

So licensing, Gambling Commission and Chair Woman of the licensing committee are all involved, having their say and making opinions. Yet none of them appear to realise their own legislation... FOBT's are not allowed in Amusement Arcades only in Book Makers !! You may also notice I amended two further mistakes within my comment.
So licensing, Gambling Commission and Chair Woman of the licensing committee are all involved, having their say and making opinions. Yet none of them appear to realise their own legislation... FOBT's are not allowed in Amusement Arcades only in Book Makers !! You may also notice I amended two further mistakes within my comment. Gary 2014
  • Score: 2

12:28pm Thu 19 Jun 14

rolivan says...

Quiterie wrote:
Keeps them off the street and means they're not taking drugs..... so every cloud......
Just another addiction
[quote][p][bold]Quiterie[/bold] wrote: Keeps them off the street and means they're not taking drugs..... so every cloud......[/p][/quote]Just another addiction rolivan
  • Score: 2

2:13pm Thu 19 Jun 14

PaulJo says...

Nothing good ever comes from gambling premises, they suck spare cash (and often cash that should be used for rent, food and clothes) out of the local populace, leading to crime and misery. Shut the lot down, forget the lost jobs argument, believe me, society as a whole does not benefit from compulsive gambling.

It's all right stopping kids playing in bookies or adult arcades, but kids can LEGALLY gamble on machines with up to a £5 jackpot, such as those on the pier. How the hell is this allowed, it's an absolute disgrace & we're one of the only countries in the world that allows kids to gamble.All we're doing by allowing this, is hard wiring kids undeveloped brains to give them the "gambling buzz" and creating a breed of adult gamblers later in life.

Before any of you say it's just harmless soft fun, then having grown up in a seaside town, and seen the results of child gamblers, it's certainly not harmless fun for many, and I've witnessed theft, prostitution and suicide attempts by minors, some who were friends, all because they were hooked on "soft" fruit machines.

So yes Quiterie let's "keep them off the streets" now by letting kids gamble and then drive them to misery, homelessness and depression later in life! Good idea!
Nothing good ever comes from gambling premises, they suck spare cash (and often cash that should be used for rent, food and clothes) out of the local populace, leading to crime and misery. Shut the lot down, forget the lost jobs argument, believe me, society as a whole does not benefit from compulsive gambling. It's all right stopping kids playing in bookies or adult arcades, but kids can LEGALLY gamble on machines with up to a £5 jackpot, such as those on the pier. How the hell is this allowed, it's an absolute disgrace & we're one of the only countries in the world that allows kids to gamble.All we're doing by allowing this, is hard wiring kids undeveloped brains to give them the "gambling buzz" and creating a breed of adult gamblers later in life. Before any of you say it's just harmless soft fun, then having grown up in a seaside town, and seen the results of child gamblers, it's certainly not harmless fun for many, and I've witnessed theft, prostitution and suicide attempts by minors, some who were friends, all because they were hooked on "soft" fruit machines. So yes Quiterie let's "keep them off the streets" now by letting kids gamble and then drive them to misery, homelessness and depression later in life! Good idea! PaulJo
  • Score: 5

3:25pm Thu 19 Jun 14

Goldenwight says...

Were those premises chosen at random? Because I would have expected to see at least one Ladbrokes or Betfred.

And like Gary says, Fixed Odds Betting machines are not allowed in amusement arcades- were these in fact the more traditional "one armed bandit" type machines? Not that it affects the outcome, obviously.
Were those premises chosen at random? Because I would have expected to see at least one Ladbrokes or Betfred. And like Gary says, Fixed Odds Betting machines are not allowed in amusement arcades- were these in fact the more traditional "one armed bandit" type machines? Not that it affects the outcome, obviously. Goldenwight
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