I’m concerned for your wellbeing, both physical and financial. Each time we watch football, we’re bombarded with advertisements encouraging us to wager and that includes children.

The gambling industry spends £1.4bn of its £14b gambling return on advertising. In 2009, its gaming yield was 8bn, so there’s been a 75% increase in gaming in ten decades.

I worked with online gambling for several years. If we really gave a thought to the margins earnt by gaming firms, we might give betting a miss. It defies my comprehension of how people can wager on computer generated games and slots, where the companies, encouraging one to wager, can place the odds. This isn’t a game of chance. At least, once you play roulette in a casino, it’s a real game of chance and with one zero the house advantage is 2.7%, but a lot of roulette wheels have two zeros and the home margin rises to 5.26%. The margins earned on slot games have to be incredible to fund the big profits, salaries, and advertisements.

The possession of many betting businesses is opaque. They’re registered overseas in far-flung islands like Gibraltar and Aruba. You don’t have any chance of winning any dispute together. Many times, their closing ownership is opaque. Our own Betway is enrolled in a dilapidated building ( Empire Stadium Street, Gzira, Malta) and it’s a mystery who owns the business.

Despite this Karen Brady recently clarified Betway as a respected and responsible host. Personally, I am cleaning my teeth as I write this to eliminate the bad taste.

Each day, stories are coming in thick and fast the way that gambling has destroyed people’s lives. Peter Shilton detailed how his life was nearly ruined and the crucial point was that the introduction of online gambling. A caretaker killed himself in the college where he worked.

You may take advantage of the free bets betting firms provide, without realising that you must gamble many situations the free bet to be permitted to take out any winnings. It is all in the small print. All incentives to bet should be prohibited.

The NHS’s mental health leader has stated that the Health Service shouldn’t be left to pick up the bits from gaming firms’ tactics to keep customers with addiction difficulties. We have all read stories of folks who have a gambling addiction, who destroy their own lives, which often end in suicide.

It’s akin to a disease that’s enveloping football. It’s everywhere, in ads of the huge displays, signage, and tops. Even personalities become involved.

We will need to get serious about this disorder. All advertising should be prohibited if it’s very likely to be viewed by children. That means a ban on all soccer sponsorship. Football Clubs would take a hit in their earnings. It would result in an alteration in bloated transfer fees and wages.

An additional 20% tax ought to be imposed on online betting companies and they need to be obliged to be registered in Britain.

Final ownership has to be declared.

On line betting companies should be compelled to assess people’s identities when they register, not when they would like to create their first withdrawal. This means they’re taking money from people under 18.

Betting is a plague that needs to be stopped. It’s now encroaching upon FA cup games agreeing to live flow games to people who place a bet. Even they realise that this is a step too far. Nonetheless, this is an illustration of how betting businesses can develop into a gateway for seeing live sports events.

Online gaming businesses add nothing to the economy.

Your simple pleasure could be destroying the lives of 50,000 people annually.