Tony Franklin is your average man in the street. Except for a difference only bookies can see. He loves playing roulette machines. So much so that he spends every penny he has playing them.
He estimates that he’s lost approaching to £1,000,000 playing them.
That qualifies him as being categorised as a gambling addict.
And the bookies best customer.
£5,000,000 a day is left behind in Fixed Odds Betting Terminals in the nations betting shops.
The Association of British Bookmakers frequently alleged in media that the “average” spend is somewhere between £5 and £7.20.
You would therefore expect people losing £1000-£5000 in a visit to stick out like a sore thumb? But this is a regular daily ocurence on a street corner near you.
Tony hasn’t just sat there & taken it, he’s taken the fight back to the bookies with newspaper & television interviews.
This is the only reliable way to prevent the bookies relieving him of his salary.
This has a benefit to others. Spot the difference between the picture above & the same branch of Coral after his Panorama episode was broadcast.
Tony had a relapse at the worst time of the year, a week before Christmas.
In a moment of desperation he emailed Malcolm George at The Association Of British Bookmakers.