Gambling Facts and Statistics – Who Gambles (and How)?

In an effort to make distinctions between web-based personal computer gambling and mobile phone and interactive television gaming, the UK Gaming Commission produced a report that was the first of a series. One of the key goals, according to the commission, is to measure participation to get a more accurate view of the game in Britain.

The commission lists these items among the key findings of the January 2009 survey:

o 9.7 per cent of the 8,000 adults surveyed in the UK said they had participated in one of the forms of remote gambling in 2008. This compares with 7.2 per cent in 2006 and 8, 8 percent in 2007.
o People most likely to participate in remote gambling: men between 18 and 44 years old
o The majority of people who participated in remote gambling used a personal computer, almost 3 times more than the mobile phone or interactive television.

It is interesting to note that the steady increase in participation in the UK is mainly due to remote access for the National Lottery of Great Britain. When these lottery players are separated from the other respondents, the figures indicate that 5.2 percent of the people surveyed participated in some form of remote gambling. The bottom line is that, in the UK, more than 90 per cent of people do not gamble online or by other remote means.

The report also separates respondents based on the type of game. For example, only 2.4 percent said they bet on horse racing of some kind. Only 1.1 percent played bingo from a remote location. 1 percent of the people surveyed played roulette and blackjack.

The commission has also released similar gambling statistics as of June 2009. This report shows some small differences from the January data.

o 10.2 percent of the 8,000 adults surveyed said they participated in some form of remote gaming in the previous month.
o Remote gaming on a personal computer continued to be the most popular method (8.6 percent)
o Statistics for various types of games did not show any significant change, with 1.1 percent playing blackjack or roulette from a remote location.

In contrast to the low number of people who participate in online, mobile or interactive television gambling, the reports on all gambling for 2007 and 2008 show that 68 percent of the population have tried some form of gambling . This translates into more than 30 million UFABET  inhabitants. It seems that the National Lottery, live casinos, gambling halls and other forms of in-person gambling are very popular with UK residents.

When the study pulled out people who only bought National Lottery tickets, the results still show that nearly half of adults have tried some type of game (48 percent). Among those millions of people, 17 percent gambled on horse racing and 14 percent played slot machines.

o £ 84.2 billion dedicated to gambling annually
o Approximately 4,000 licensed operators in the gaming industry