UK Survey Shows Online Poker Isn’t a Young Person’s Game Anymore

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Grosvenor poker survey shows that the majority of older players now prefer to play online. (Image:

Seniors now prefer to play online poker and Londoners think they’re the better than average, according to a new survey from Grosvenor.

In a bid to identify some of the major poker trends in the UK, Grosvenor Casinos recently surveyed 2,000 players from around the country.

Aside from being one of the largest live casino operators in the country, Grosvenor has hosted its own poker tour since 2007.

UK Poker Scene Has Evolved

Known formerly as the Grosvenor UK Poker Tour but commonly referred to as the GUKPT, the series has been a breeding ground for some of the best tournament players in the country. Indeed, among its famous alumni is the likes of Sam Trickett, Chris Moorman and Neil Channing.

Using the GUKPT as a platform to carry out its research, Grosvenor identified a number of interesting facts about the current state of poker in the UK.

When asked about their perceived ability, 93 percent of Londoners said they were either average or above average in the skills department. In contrast, just 55 percent of players from the West Midlands rated themselves as average or below average.

Continuing the theme of perception and skill, results from the survey also showed that 93 percent of small stakes players believe they are at least average at poker. However, beyond the predictably overconfident personal ratings, Grosvenor’s data showed some interesting statistics regarding online poker.

Looking at the numbers, more than two-thirds of those over 55-years old preferred playing via their PC or laptop. On top of this, 75 percent of players aged 55 to 64 said they prefer to play online over a live casino.

These figures are particularly noteworthy in the context of UK iGaming as a whole. While the number of 18-to-24-year-olds choosing to play online was predictably high (86 percent), the fact three-quarters of the older generation had the same answer signals a shift in attitudes.

Grosvenor’s Figures Support UKGC Data

When online poker first came to prominence in the early noughties, there was a clear divide between the old school and the new school. However, as the game has grown and evolved, older players are now playing online and youngsters are venturing out in the live casino arena.

Beyond Grosvenor’s survey, recent statistics from the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) also highlight this trend. For the second year in a row, remote betting has generated more revenue than any other medium.

According to the latest revenue report for the period April 2016 to March 2017, the gross gambling yield across all sectors was £13.7 billion. Of that amount, remote betting (online casino, sports betting and poker) contributed £4.7 billion to the pot.

As well as being the single largest contributor, that figure was 10.1 percent higher than the previous accounting period. From Grosvenor’s poker survey, it’s clear that the rise in participation rates among older players has contributed to this growth.

Indeed, any previously held ideas that online betting was a young person’s games are rapidly starting to fade if the latest findings are anything to go by.


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