THE INSIDE STORY OF HOW THE UK’S BIG BOOKIES REALLY TREAT THE VULNERABLE
I am sure some members will already have seen Joe McNally’s in depth and inside report on his dealings with big bookies and the Gambling Commission. Joe explains in detail his experience in tendering for a contract to supply an effective, up to date and rapid system to enable vulnerable gamblers to exclude themselves.
The outcome of the process led to the industry adopting a laborious and slow process which one might judge was intended to have the opposite effect from that which it was supposed to deliver i.e. it is more of a deterrent to self exclusion than an aid.
While a great number of regular gamblers are able to control their expenditure and enjoy the experience (and I guess that is most of us on this Forum), there are some who cannot. Some of these get themselves and their families into life destroying situations, even the ultimate one, which is suicide.
Joe sets out the situation as he sees it and it is not one that the Big Bookies and the Gambling Commission can feel anything but shame about. Joe’s report poses a number of questions, some of them deeply concerning about the procedures and practices of the Big Bookies and the Gambling Commission itself.
I asked Joe if he would be content to see a link to his report put on the Forum and he confirmed it.
I have no connection with this whatsoever, other than knowing Joe and being concerened about vulnerable gamblers. First comes the link to Joe’s Steeplechasing blog, followed by a link to his Twitter page, where the link to the report is pinned at the top.