In response to a comment piece by Fintan Drury, former Chairman of Paddy Power and former non-executive Director of the failed Anglo Irish Bank in today’s Times (10 March 2015) regarding gaming machines (FOBTs).
“Mr Drury was Chairman of Paddy Power until 2008. Since then industry responsible gambling initiatives have come on in leaps and bounds including limiting stakes over £50, self-exclusion schemes, new rules on advertising such as watersheds and banning gaming machine advertising in shop windows, a multi-million pound advertising campaign ‘When the Fun Stops Stop’ and the recently launched Player Awareness System (PAS), which uses technology to assess identified customers’ behaviour and has been welcomed by charities as a ‘powerful step’ in helping problem gamblers. The average loss on gaming machines is £7 and the odds of losing every time over the course of one hour (i.e £18,000) is the same as winning the National Lottery jackpot multiple times. It has never happened.”