UKGC Releases Gambling Participation Annual Report for 2018

March 01, 2019 Staff Writer Industry News 153

The UK Gambling Commission is one of the most important institutions when it comes to online gambling in the United Kingdom. They regulate the UK commercial gambling market in accordance with licencing authorities as well as the National Lottery.

Each year, they publish the annual report for the previous financial year that contains details of their work as well as a financial statement and accounts. A report for gambling participation that covers awareness, attitudes and behaviours is included.

The data for gambling participation was collected through a series of online and telephone surveys with people aged 16 and over. Here are some highlights.

Gambling Participation Rises

Of all the respondents that took part in the surveys, 46% participated in some form of gambling, which is 1% higher than in the last year.

Online gambling percentage has remained the same as was in 2017, with 18% of respondents having gambled online. More than half of them played via their phones or tablets. The quarter of online gamblers had bet in-play.

A very small number of players played on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBT) machines in a retail bookmaker, but the number did not grow significantly since last year.

Reason to Worry?

As for the percentage of players with potential addictive tendencies, less than 1% of the participants were classified as problem gamblers (0.7), 1.1% as moderate-risk gamblers and 2.4% were labelled as low-risk gamblers.

Only a third of the respondents consider gambling to be fair and trustworthy, while the other third associates gambling with crime and corruption.

A New Initiative

The previous financial year marked a promising new beginning for both the UKGC as well as the industry as they announced a launch of the three-year strategy that aims to revitalize the industry and make gambling safer and fairer in the country.

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