UK gamblers on the rise according to UKGC report

Published on March 8, 2017 in Industry News

Online gambling report by the UKGCIn a recent report by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) it showed that 48% of participants had gambled at UK online casinos in the last 4 weeks of 2016. This showed a 3% increase from 2015, however this figure had dropped by 33% when National Lottery players were excluded.
 

"According to the report, 17% of gamblers took part in this activity online with 97% doing it from home."

The numbers remained unchanged from that gathered in 2015. Mobile phone and tablet device use for gambling increased by 10% since 2015 and is now at 43%.
 

How British Users Gamble 

Program Director of the UKGC, James Green, said that the report provides intel on how British consumers choose to gamble and helps to identify rising trends and their risks to the public. Green also stated that they are able to provide more detailed information of online gambling behaviors since last year. The intel gathered provides them with the upper hand and allows them to understand the needs of their players while providing sufficient protection towards any risks. 

The numbers showed that 68% of 18-24 year olds were drawn to gambling via adverts and posts on social media last year. On the downside, problem gamblers were on a solid 0.05% during 2015 but rose to 0.07 in 2016. 

The UKGC found via the Competitions and Markets Authority (CMA) that the most unfair terms and conditions according to gamblers were having to wager a set amount before qualifying for or winning prizes, winning being incredibly difficult or in favour of the house and the unfair limits placed on free spins bonuses.