UK’s Gambling Commission Releases New Statistics for Online and Mobile Gambling

November 7, 2011 - by mosesbet · Filed Under gambling news Leave a Comment 

The Gambling Commission in the UK has recently announced statistics that show an increase online gambling from computers at home and mobile gambling (on net connected mobile handsets).

Gambling Commission’s Report

The gambling commission reported a slow increase in the amount of people who are playing games like lottery and online bingo. The increase is only by 0.1% which is proportional to the rise in the number of people using smart phones with access to the internet. This comes up to almost 4.5 million, if Ofcom’s most recent Communications Market Report is taken into consideration.

The Gambling Commission (UK) has foretold that as the number of smartphone users continues to grow, so will the access to mobile wagering applications. The Commission feels that this could result in the predominance of gamblers in the UK.

According to a poll – held from September 2010 to June 2011 -conducted by the UGC, 125 of those polled had participated in some form of gambling (remote). About 50% of the respondents cited the National Lottery as their chosen method of gambling. 1.4% of the respondents surveyed said that they gambled via a digital interactive television set.

The Commission’s Report: Cause for Worry

The Gambling Commission’s report gave some cause for worry when they found that more than half of the respondents (56.7%), who were over 18, admitted to having partaken in some form of gambling for up to a month before the poll was taken.

The seriousness of these stats lies in the contrast between the current figures and the results of the surveys taken in 2009 and 2010. In 2009, 55.2% had given the same answer. 2010 saw 55.5% respond the same way. In this light, the increase in numbers is considerable.

John Penrose, the Minister for Tourism and Heritage, has petitioned for a change in the gambling laws in the UK. He suggested that all gambling organizations, whether UK based or offshore, should have to acquire a license from the Gambling Commission (UK) to operate in the British Isles. Penrose hopes that this will discourage and protect the more vulnerable people from gambling indiscriminately online


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