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BRITISH BOOKMAKERS FEAR JOB LOSSES OVER AT FOBTS; BIGGEST BOY BAND BANNED STATION SLOTS

TAGs: British Bookmakers, FOBTs, GlasGlow, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, one direction, Said Fuller

The war against the FOBS continues as the U.K Government consider capping the jackpot prizes; One Direction stars are turfed off a slot machine en route to a gig in Glasgow for not having proof of i.d.

BRITISH BOOKMAKERS FEAR JOB LOSSES OVER MORE PROPOSED LEGISLATION AIMED AT FOBS

Grow a beautiful nest egg of cash and there will always be someone else who wants to crack it open and drink it dry. Take the British Bookmaker as an example. A recent Deloitte report showed that the British Bookie was partly responsible for £2.3 billion of the U.K’s gross domestic product (GDP), and the 38,800 jobs that help create it. But that number is going to do nothing but crash and burn if the government doesn’t stop tearing it apart like a rabid bunch of hyena’s.

First came the 20% machine game duty, then came the call for the maximum wager of B2 Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs) to be cut from £100 to £2 and now we have proposed government consultation to cap prizes at £100 instead of £500. Let leash the warring factions as the supporters of the move suggest it will help save thousands of ill-fated lives affected by gambling problems, and the Bookies believe it will put thousands of livelihoods at risk with the oft-cited deluge of lost jobs.

You cannot manage what you cannot measure, and without a truly robust measurement system in place, it’s hard to find any sympathy in the anti-gambling argument. There is no question that gambling can have an adverse affect on some families lives, but to what degree is largely unknown, making decisions like this seem knee-jerk, a term used by most British Bookmakers when trying to fight their own corner.

One Direction Heart Throbs Told to Stop Playing a Slot Machine

Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson may well be members of the biggest boy band in the world, but that doesn’t mean that 29-year old Ann Fuller knows who they are.

The 2/5 of One Direction were playing on a slot machine at a service station en route to a gig in Glasgow, when the WH Smiths employee, Fuller, told them to stop playing because they had no proof of age. The calls of ‘don’t you know who they are?” from the 1D entourage falling on deaf ears.

“I was just doing my job. I’d heard of One Direction but only found out it was them when a colleague later said, “Somebody’s thrown out the most popular boy band in the world,” Said Fuller.

I get this is about as rock n roll as the 1D life gets.

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