Increased Demand For Online & Land-Based Bingo
Britain’s gambling authority, the UKGC, has recently released a new report on local gambling habits, which has provided some interesting insight into the world of British betting and wagering.
The UKGC’s latest figures covered data extracted from studies done in 2015. They show that 63% of the entire population of Britain enjoys gambling in some capacity, although that figure drops to a mere 10% when considering online gambling on its own.
According to the new stats, online gambling appears to appeal most to adults that are both male and younger in years. About 10% of the 16-24 year old men and 11% of the 25-34 year old men surveyed play online bingo, casino games or slots, making them the two largest demographics in the iGaming industry in the UK.
Majority of Female Bingo Players Favour Land-Based Halls
What is interesting is that despite the constant battles of land-based bingo halls, it also seems as though the majority of female bingo players still prefer to play at land-based halls than they do online.
Aside from scratch cards and lottery games, land-based bingo seems to be by far the most popular form of gambling for British women of most age groups, including 11% of those who are 16-24 years old. These figures can be seen as encouraging to struggling bingo hall operators across the UK.
The UKGC has also uncovered some less positive news, in the form of a rising trend of problem gambling among UK players. According to the authority’s study, 0.8% of all adults in Britain can be classed as problem gamblers according to either the PGSI or DSM-IV screens. This figure is up considerably from just 0.6% in 2012.
Problem Gambling Continues To Be A Growing Issue In The UK
Executive Director of the UKGC Tim Miller has stated that everybody involved with the gambling industry – including government officials and gambling operators – must do more to tackle this growing problem. He stated that the change of pace displayed to date simply hasn’t taken place quickly enough.
Amid political chaos in June, the UK government delayed its review of a new bill governing fixed-odds betting terminals (FOBTs) until October this year, crediting the General Elections as the main reason for the slow process.
And while the outcome of this pending review may not impact online gambling per se, it is still crucial for players and operators to be made aware of gambling’s addictive nature and combat the issue as much as they can.