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A striking exposé of the insidious business practices that have generated enormous profits for the companies operating within the UK’s gambling industry.
‘A methodical, sensitive and occasionally harrowing polemic about the gambling industry . . . The book has echoes of Patrick Radden Keefe’s award-winning Empire of Pain.’
‘A serious attempt to grapple with the extent of Britain’s problem.’
‘Persuasive.’ FINANCIAL TIMES
‘Fascinating.’ IRISH TIMES
716: the number of gambling logos displayed in a single Premier League football match
£421 MILLION: the salary of Bet365’s CEO in 2020.
£14 BILLION: the annual losses incurred by British gamblers.
Over half of the population gambles in the UK every year. How did we get here? What keeps us hooked when the odds are so heavily stacked against us? And who are the real winners and losers?
Jackpot dives deep into gambling’s seedy underbelly to answer these questions, and many more. From the first National Lottery draw in 1569 to the Wild West of today’s online casinos, Guardian reporter Rob Davies follows the money to show who profits – and at what cost.
The UK's addiction to gambling is a complex tale, but Rob Davies tells it with such clarity and through the personal experiences of those affected most. A shocking and important book.
Powerful and factually precise, this book will be with us forever to remind us of all of why a public health approach is needed when gambling is concerned.
[A] methodical, sensitive and occasionally harrowing polemic about the gambling industry . . . a compelling case . . . The book has echoes of Patrick Radden Keefe’s award-winning Empire of Pain.
Davies chronicles the rather desperate game of whack-a-mole that governments have been playing over the past 15 years as they try to legislate away the industry’s ever more ingenious instances of sharp practice . . . Davies’s eye-opening catalogue of facts and figures is humanised by interviews with gambling addicts and their loved ones.
Rob Davies’s deeply researched and conscientious presentation of the ruinous impact of Britain’s gambling culture on the lives of an unquantifiable number . . . a bleak and fascinating story.
A wide-ranging, deeply researched exposé of the gambling industry.
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