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Protect my consumer choice

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I want the gambling industry to protect my choice as a consumer by fostering a competitive business environment.

On any given day as I walk down the high street or in a train station, I see representatives of various companies handing out free products and samples to encourage people to try their brand. Free bets and promotions are how this type of marketing happens in the gambling industry.

It’s unfair to responsible gamblers if the anti-gambling campaigners convince the regulators to stop this basic practice. Instead they need to help keep competition in the industry alive. How can they ensure fair and open competition without allowing promotional offers?

And what happens if we do ban them? I worry that we would open the door to shady sites that illegally offer deals but don’t give a second thought about anyone’s finances or wellbeing.

It’s time for a reality check for anti-gambling campaigners. The gambling industry is no less of a legitimate industry than retail or tech. Consumer choice should be protected like it is in other industries!

About the Author

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Greetings! I am James (known as Jay), a Scouser aged 47 from Kirkby in Liverpool.

I live with Angie, my girlfriend of 25 years.

I am extremely passionate about two sports - football and horseracing. I am a season ticket holder at my beloved Everton Football Club. Until the COVID-19 pandemic struck, I had not missed a competitive match for Everton - home, away or in Europe - for 22 years, and Angie is a regular away match attendee too.

Also on on my 'bucket list' is to attend a race meeting at all 61 current UK racecourses. The most recent visit was to Kempton's all-weather meeting in August - that was racecourse number 42 clocked up!