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Hi,

Thanks for posting, and we appreciate your feedback. It is something we have considered and discussed, as I think anyone reasonable can see both sides of this argument.

Ultimately, even though gambling can have serious negative impact for some people, that is also true of other product categories such as alcohol, and 'junk' food. Our general position will always be to allow people to freely discuss and post what they like providing it is done politely, honestly, and obviously within the law. Gambling is regulated, but promotions for it are still legal.

We do however take some action above and beyond a normal deal. First, we add in a line of the text at the top along the lines of the following:

If you are looking for help, advice or support in relation to gambling, please go to: BeGambleAware.org (http://begambleaware.org/) or contact the National Gambling Helpline on 0808 8020 133.

We also very rarely give betting deals extra promotion beyond what happens organically on site when people vote on a deal. By this I mean it is very uncommon for a gambling deal to appear in our Daily Picks, Newsletter or social media feeds.

We think this is a good balance between people's freedom to avail of the offer, and our responsibilities given the negative effects. Would be good to hear people's thoughts on this, as we are always open to adapt our approach.
Agreed!
Dan11/09/2020 13:06

Hi,Thanks for posting, and we appreciate your feedback. It is something we …Hi,Thanks for posting, and we appreciate your feedback. It is something we have considered and discussed, as I think anyone reasonable can see both sides of this argument. Ultimately, even though gambling can have serious negative impact for some people, that is also true of other product categories such as alcohol, and 'junk' food. Our general position will always be to allow people to freely discuss and post what they like providing it is done politely, honestly, and obviously within the law. Gambling is regulated, but promotions for it are still legal.We do however take some action above and beyond a normal deal. First, we add in a line of the text at the top along the lines of the following:If you are looking for help, advice or support in relation to gambling, please go to: BeGambleAware.org (http://begambleaware.org/) or contact the National Gambling Helpline on 0808 8020 133.We also very rarely give betting deals extra promotion beyond what happens organically on site when people vote on a deal. By this I mean it is very uncommon for a gambling deal to appear in our Daily Picks, Newsletter or social media feeds.We think this is a good balance between people's freedom to avail of the offer, and our responsibilities given the negative effects. Would be good to hear people's thoughts on this, as we are always open to adapt our approach.


With all due respect, reading through the comments of the deals, there are plenty of examples of members discussing using these deals to "make money". There are even posts with members boasting of their winnings. There was even a post by one guy who boasted of turning a free 5GBP into 100GBP which is exactly what these betting sites want new customers to believe. Who is posting in these threads? How do you know the people posting are not connected to the industry in some way? The comments in these threads need to be properly moderated.
You put a disclaimer stating that members should seek help if they have a gambling problem, but there is no disclaimer telling people that they will lose money. This might sound obvious but for some people it needs to be stated clearly, just in the same way that the advertising of tobacco must also state the smoking damages the lungs.
When I invest money in the stock market, I am constantly reminded that I may get back less than I have invested, and that's investing which carries very little risk compared to gambling.
Edited by: "unknownuser1223" 13th Sep
unknownuser122313/09/2020 14:48

You put a disclaimer stating that members should seek help if they have a …You put a disclaimer stating that members should seek help if they have a gambling problem, but there is no disclaimer telling people that they will lose money.


Strange, I used three free bets in the last couple of weeks and never lost any money. Maybe I'm doing it wrong
JDPower13/09/2020 22:48

Strange, I used three free bets in the last couple of weeks and never lost …Strange, I used three free bets in the last couple of weeks and never lost any money. Maybe I'm doing it wrong


Have you actually read my comments? Probably not.
edm.parliament.uk/ear…ets

"That this House believes that free bets offered by gambling companies are designed to lock and trap people into gambling as a result of the requirement to provide deposit cash, bank and credit card details and personal details to gain access to those bets; notes that the advertising of free bets encourages people who are addicted to gambling or who cannot afford to gamble; and calls on the Government to implement a ban on the advertising of free bets, and the repetitive pop-up targeting of free bet advertisements online as a matter of urgency."
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