ONLINE BETTING ON THE INCREASE, BUT OVERALL UK GAMBLING RATES DROP

Published on March 5, 2014 in Industry News

While online gambling rates are on the decrease in the UK, online casinos in general are seeing a surge worldwide. It would appear that when it comes to the UK, online gambling is taking a back seat to other activities, as the United Kingdom Gambling Commission reported a 2 percent decrease in 2013.

The commission conducted a survey of UK online gambling and found that a total of 55 percent of those surveyed had taken part in at least one round of online gambling within the past four weeks. In 2012, a total of 57 percent had visited one of the UK's online casinos.

The study also revealed that in the UK, gambling (both online and offline) is more popular among men, as 60 percent had reported betting within the past week, whereas the same response rang true for only 50 percent of women.

A total of 15 percent of the people surveyed said they had placed a bet online over the past year; this reflects a one percent increase compared to the prior year's polling figures.

Men were also more apt to gamble at online casinos, with 19 percent of men and just 11 percent of women reporting that they'd recently placed an online bet.

While UK online gambling rates are increasing overall, “in person” gambling still reigns supreme, with 73 percent of the people polled saying that their betting activities were conducted offline. The national lottery was the most popular form of offline gambling, with 43 percent of the people polled saying they'd played the lottery. That reflects a slight decrease from 46 percent in 2012.