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Old 04-07-2019, 10:56 PM   #1
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Paddy Power have said in the past they would not close any of their 320-strong retail estate as a result of the stake cut and reiterated that position on Thursday.Paddy Power have said in the past they would not close any of their 320-strong retail estate as a result of the stake cut and reiterated that position on Thursday.
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The issue that LadbrokesCorals has is that they specifically opened machine-oriented shops. There has always been a restriction of 4 machines per shop so in heavy traffic areas (for example, around transport hubs in cities) where there was ALREADY a shop, they were opening MORE shops (sometimes 4 or 5 within 2 mins walk of each other) that were specifically for rush-hour FOBT play and took next to nothing over the counter. The bulk of those shops are now worthless and will close, with one or at most two shops in a "cluster" staying open.

If anyone's interested as to why the losses are smaller than originally predicted:

It's because many people who were habitual "smaller stakes" Roulette players were successfully transitioned onto £2 slots in the 6 months prior to the stake restriction with targetted marketing and offers, and the really heavy "£100-a-spin" players were incentivised to bet OTC (over the counter) on Greyhounds and Horses (especially virtuals).

The biggest problem gamblers were monitored and targetted by name with specifically tailored packs. Toxic AF. Actually the final nail that made me determined to leave (and become a vocal critic of) the industry.
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The issue that LadbrokesCorals has is that they specifically opened machine-oriented shops. There has always been a restriction of 4 machines per shop so in heavy traffic areas (for example, around transport hubs in cities) where there was ALREADY a shop, they were opening MORE shops (sometimes 4 or 5 within 2 mins walk of each other) that were specifically for rush-hour FOBT play and took next to nothing over the counter. The bulk of those shops are now worthless and will close, with one or at most two shops in a "cluster" staying open.

If anyone's interested as to why the losses are smaller than originally predicted:

It's because many people who were habitual "smaller stakes" Roulette players were successfully transitioned onto £2 slots in the 6 months prior to the stake restriction with targetted marketing and offers, and the really heavy "£100-a-spin" players were incentivised to bet OTC (over the counter) on Greyhounds and Horses (especially virtuals).

The biggest problem gamblers were monitored and targetted by name with specifically tailored packs. Toxic AF. Actually the final nail that made me determined to leave (and become a vocal critic of) the industry.

That a very interesting insight

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How did bookies make money before fixed odds betting terminals? ... good close dome stores, no high St needs every other shop to be a bookies. I predict the move to restrict the stake will aid the economy as more people will have money to put into it not just funnel it into the pockets of the bookmakers.
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How did bookies make money before fixed odds betting terminals? ...
That was a time when old school race horsing was more popular and there was no online competition. Pretty much the same as the rest of the high street, which has died on its arse.
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That was a time when old school race horsing was more popular and there was no online competition. Pretty much the same as the rest of the high street, which has died on its arse.
All those closing stores also have online betting sites now that they didn't have in the days of old school horse racing.
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All those closing stores also have online betting sites now that they didn't have in the days of old school horse racing.
Yes, but they had the FOBT's keeping them going, which is now being targeted with the lower stakes. You asked how they kept going before those.

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They had competition with other stores when there were only stores then other online sites when they came along... the fixed odds terminals are not going the stakes are just being lowered, they could effectively still take as much of pepoles money...it just might take a bit longer to lose every penny you earn
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They had competition with other stores when there were only stores then other online sites when they came along... the fixed odds terminals are not going the stakes are just being lowered, they could effectively still take as much of pepoles money...it just might take a bit longer to lose every penny you earn
Not sure what you're getting at.

Basically, the industry took a hit when online gambling took off, but a lot of shops still retained a healthy customer base thanks to the FOBT terminals.

Now, the FOBT terminal rules/regulations have took a hit meaning they're losing a lot of their high staking customers so the shops that relied on those machines due to the virtually non-existent over the counter turnover are now facing closures. TS explained it succinctly in another thread.

The FOBT's could still effectively take as much money as they have done but, realistically, they're not going to. £2 max stake severely reduces the amount that can be won and they're going to lose the major players who used to put unspeakable amounts on one spin.

And a lot of shops are having the number of FOBT's in their shop reduced in an effort to cut costs which is going to affect business. In my area (which has a staggering 24 shops ) they've all cut down to 2 and 3 machines per shop instead of 4 in all of them and at least half of them will probably close in the next few years.

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How hard is it to understand? I said that the high St can stand to lose these stores, they may have to take a financial hit as they cope with the reduced footfall in the stores but they'll still have the online presence they didn't have years ago, and the FOBTs are still in use.
Basically I'm saying if some of the stores have to close its a good thing, I'm a fan of regulation in this area. £100 on one spin? I don't feel that's responsible at all.
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I understand perfectly. Chill.

You asked how betting shops survived before FOBT's - I answered.

You then suggested the FOBT's wouldn't really be affected as they aren't going and can still accept money - I offered a suggestion why that is not the case.

Then you suggested the lost custom will just transfer online (so the bookies still get the business) but a lot of those high staking customers will not go online for the reasons TS suggested (Not to mention the remaining "old school" customers who don't gamble online and still used the stores). It also opposes your idea that the FOBT loss will help the economy as they spend elsewhere, as if elsewhere is other forms of gambling it's just the same pit.

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How did bookies make money before fixed odds betting terminals? ... good close dome stores, no high St needs every other shop to be a bookies. I predict the move to restrict the stake will aid the economy as more people will have money to put into it not just funnel it into the pockets of the bookmakers.
There's enough racing and football trade to support a number of shops, and pretty much, there were far fewer shops. I'd say that the number of closures more or less reflects the number of shops that were opened purely for machines - although IMO it's being used as an excuse to cut other shops that were already dead weight. They'll use the FOBT limits to justify redundancies that are primarily for other reasons.

Ladbrokes and Corals as separate companies before they merged, had a policy of keeping open unprofitable shops in order to maintain brand loyalty and brand awareness. GVC (the offshore company that now own the merged LadbrokesCoral PLC) abandonned that policy and were planning to offload unprofitable shops anyway. I think the machines changes are, partly, a convenient excuse.

You're also right that the machines are still profit magnets in busy shops even at £2 stakes. Especially because slots have a much higher profit margin than roulette and blackjack. At the point I left I'd say everything had pretty much stabilised and the stakes changes resulted in approx a 1/3 drop in machines profit... My shop was still making £25k a month on FOBTs, easily, plus there was a fairly significant upswing on virtual horses and greyhounds (£100-a-spin roulette guys will bet £200 on a dog without breaking their stride) and also the Betstations (sports betting machines) are flying.

I'm not saying that any of this is a good thing. I say ban casino games and slots everywhere except actual physical casinos, and just flat out burn the rest of the industry. It's a juggernaut designed purely to make legitimate profit from addiction. There's no two ways about it. Internally they barely bother to even pretend otherwise any more.
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I understand perfectly. Chill.

You asked how betting shops survived before FOBT's - I answered.

You then suggested the FOBT's wouldn't really be affected as they aren't going and can still accept money - I offered a suggestion why that is not the case.

Then you suggested the lost custom will just transfer online (so the bookies still get the business) but a lot of those high staking customers will not go online for the reasons TS suggested (Not to mention the remaining "old school" customers who don't gamble online and still used the stores). It also opposes your idea that the FOBT loss will help the economy as they spend elsewhere, as if elsewhere is other forms of gambling it's just the same pit.
Obviously not, I didn't say fobts wouldn't be affected... of course they'll be affected and the stores will be affected too. I didn't say the lost custom will be transferred online either, The fact these online services exist today was my point.
I still maintain that regulation of this kind will improve the economy, you may not and that's fine.
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Obviously not, I didn't say fobts wouldn't be affected... of course they'll be affected and the stores will be affected too. I didn't say the lost custom will be transferred online either, The fact these online services exist today was my point.
Yes, they exist and can therefore pick up on the lost custom of the shops. I wasn't putting words in your mouth, I was connecting the two things you said to make the observation.

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I never said it wouldn't.
I merely suggested, with the online options, those opting to not play at the £2 stake limit or be unable to due to a closure of their local shop wouldn't spend their money elsewhere if they transfer their custom online. It would still be going to the betting industry. Just another thought.

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There's enough racing and football trade to support a number of shops, and pretty much, there were far fewer shops. I'd say that the number of closures more or less reflects the number of shops that were opened purely for machines - although IMO it's being used as an excuse to cut other shops that were already dead weight. They'll use the FOBT limits to justify redundancies that are primarily for other reasons.

Ladbrokes and Corals as separate companies before they merged, had a policy of keeping open unprofitable shops in order to maintain brand loyalty and brand awareness. GVC (the offshore company that now own the merged LadbrokesCoral PLC) abandonned that policy and were planning to offload unprofitable shops anyway. I think the machines changes are, partly, a convenient excuse.

You're also right that the machines are still profit magnets in busy shops even at £2 stakes. Especially because slots have a much higher profit margin than roulette and blackjack. At the point I left I'd say everything had pretty much stabilised and the stakes changes resulted in approx a 1/3 drop in machines profit... My shop was still making £25k a month on FOBTs, easily, plus there was a fairly significant upswing on virtual horses and greyhounds (£100-a-spin roulette guys will bet £200 on a dog without breaking their stride) and also the Betstations (sports betting machines) are flying.

I'm not saying that any of this is a good thing. I say ban casino games and slots everywhere except actual physical casinos, and just flat out burn the rest of the industry. It's a juggernaut designed purely to make legitimate profit from addiction. There's no two ways about it. Internally they barely bother to even pretend otherwise any more.
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Yes, they exist and can therefore pick up on the lost custom of the shops. I wasn't putting words in your mouth, I was connecting the two things you said to make the observation.

They may or may not pick up the custom, my point was they will make a profit regardless...it may not be quite so obscene as before the £100 stake FOBTs.

I never said it wouldn't.
I merely suggested, with the online options, those opting to not play at the £2 stake limit or be unable to due to a closure of their local shop wouldn't spend their money elsewhere if they transfer their custom online. It would still be going to the betting industry. Just another thought.
This seems like a contradiction, you suggested FOBT high stake customers wouldn't use an online service?
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This seems like a contradiction, you suggested FOBT high stake customers wouldn't use an online service?
High stake FOBT customers are not all FOBT customers?

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High stake FOBT customers are not all FOBT customers?
'a lot of those high staking customers will not go online'


' I merely suggested, with the online options, those opting to not play at the £2 stake limit or be unable to due to a closure of their local shop wouldn't spend their money elsewhere if they transfer their custom online. '

This is what I found contradictory.
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So just to sum up

Betting shops bad

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So just to sum up

Betting shops bad

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All betting bad and addictive .

The ONLY "healthy" gambling I've ever seen is "for interest" e.g. a little £5 football coupon for people who follow the results, or a REASONABLE bet on a sporting event that someone is going to be watching anyway like a football match or tennis game, or small novelty bets like politics / reality TV.

If there was a site that only offered those that would be great .

Betting where the primary motivation is the excitement of the bet itself is always bad. Always.
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'a lot of those high staking customers will not go online'


' I merely suggested, with the online options, those opting to not play at the £2 stake limit or be unable to due to a closure of their local shop wouldn't spend their money elsewhere if they transfer their custom online. '

This is what I found contradictory.
A lot of high staking customers opting not to bet online because you have to provide personal information, and your economy argument not working because some customers who don't spend in the shops due to their closures are spending online is not contradictory. It's two separate statements about two separate things.

Again, "high staking customers" are not all customers.

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I guess that's what happens with too much regulation - industries die.
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