UKGC Survey Shows Almost 50 Percent of Brits Gamble

Almost 50 percent of Brits gamble according to a recent report by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC).

UK Gambling Commission study.

Almost half of the UK likes to gamble according to a recent study by the UK Gambling Commission. ( Segre/Rex Features)

Analysing industry spending habits in 2016, the UKGC found that the number of people who said they’d gambling in the last four weeks was up by 3 percent compared to 2015.

Moreover, the number of men who now said they gambled was 53 percent, while 44 percent of women surveyed said they’ve made at least one bet within the 12 month period.

Gambling is on the Up in the UK

Although these figures drop when the National Lottery is excluded (e.g. the number of people who gambled within the last four weeks drops from 48 percent to 33 percent), the stats still show an increase in activity.

Commenting on the results, UKGC direct James Green said that access to this information was vital in identifying emerging trends and ensuring gambling doesn’t negatively impact individuals or the country as the whole.

“Effective protections come from strong evidence. Our research puts us in a powerful position to better understand the needs of gambling consumers,” said Green.

Two of the more interesting findings from the survey related to mobile gaming and Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (FOBTs). According to the report, mobile betting has increased by 10 percent in the last year, with 43 percent of customers now gambling on the go.

In fact, the overall increase in gambling activity seems to be in direct correlation with the rise of mobile gaming. With more people having easier access to the latest betting options, the desire to place bets has increased.

While almost every other statistic changed in 2016, the number of people placing bets on FOBTs remained static at 1.5 percent. These gaming machines have been the topic of much debate in recent months, with anti-gambling proponents calling them the “crack cocaine” of the betting industry.

However, while the impact of these machines might be up for debate, the numbers seem to suggest that they still account for a small portion of the overall amount of betting activity in the UK.

Another Footballer Falls Foul of Betting Rules

In other UK gambling news this week, Scottish footballer Dean Brett has been sacked by Cowdenbeath for gambling offences. In what seems like a recent spate of football-related betting incidents (Wayne Shaw was recently embroiled in a pie eating bet gone wrong), Brett admitted to placing 2,787 bets on various football matches.

Under the rules of the FA and the Scottish FA (SFA), no person associated with a club can place bets on games. However, after reviewing Brett’s Twitter feed, the SFA discovered that he’d not only been betting on matches across the UK, but against his own team.

Following his admission, Cowdenbeath decided to terminate Brett’s contract. On top of this, he was banned for four matches by the SFA. Despite the incident, Brett told BBC on February 20 that he still hopes to carry on his career in football.

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