Study Finds Gambling is on the Rise in the UK

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Written by Matt Makowski
Published on Tuesday 7th March 2017, 9:14 am

Study Finds Gambling is on the Rise in the UK

The UK’s love affair with gambling continues to flourish after it was revealed that almost half of Brits now enjoy a flutter in one form or another. The study, carried out by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC), found that 48 percent of respondents had gambled at some point during the past month, a three percent increase on the total found in 2015.

The report, published on the 28th February 2017, took into account all forms of gambling, including casino gaming, gambling with bookmakers and participation in various lotteries, and was part of the UKGC’s continuing efforts to review, refine and regulate the country's betting industry. The findings also revealed a sizeable upswing in the number of people placing bets via their smartphones and tablets. This coincided with the total revenue of the mobile gaming industry reaching a staggering $36.9 billion, according to market intelligence experts Newzoo.

It was also revealed that online gamblers are now even more likely to have an average of three separate betting accounts, which suggests that punters are keen to take advantage of promotions and better odds, rather than relying on a single brand. “Our research puts us in a powerful position to better understand the needs of gambling consumers,” UKGC’s programme director James Green explained in a press release.

Surprisingly, the report found a sharp rise in the number of women gambling in the UK, with 44 percent of the female population enjoying a wager in the last 12 months. It is also worth noting that 67 percent of the people surveyed believed individuals should have the right to gamble whenever they like, however, 78 percent still thought that there were too many gambling opportunities available to UK residents. With this data, the UKGC now aims to improve the country’s gambling economy in the coming years.

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