UKGC Reveals Booming Mobile Betting Usage

Published Sunday, March 04, 2018 -
UKGC Reveals Booming Mobile Betting Usage

The internet has been providing access to gambling for some time now and the technological advancements have made that access even more profound. Online betting has evolved greatly with the increased use of smart phones. The mobile element has been a major boon for internet wagering creating a completely accessible platform at anytime and anywhere.

The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has been keep tabs on the online gambling reported recently that the amount of gamblers using a mobile phone or tablet to make wagers increased to 51 percent in 2017. This information was just one of several findings in the Commission’s gambling participation and perceptions report for the year ending on December 31, 2017.

Comparing the information from 2016, it was revealed that 43% of gamblers had used a tablet or mobile phone to bet, with this figure increasing 8 percent in the last year. It was also revealed in the report that the number of consumers who bet online in the last month went from 17 to 18 percent.

Overall gambling declined in the last month, going down 3 percent from 48% in 2016 to 45% last year. This decline may be in part due to the trust issues in the industry, with just 33% of respondents believing that gambling is fair and can be trusted, compared to 34% in the previous year. Also exposed was the fact that 41% of the gambling public believes gambling is associated with crime which is up from 39% in 2016.

Programme director at the UKGC, Ben Haden, said,  “Our new three year strategy sets out our role in developing a strong evidence base and improved understanding of the impact gambling has on society.

“Today’s report makes an important contribution to that work as it presents a comprehensive view on how the British public is choosing the gamble and their attitudes to the current market.”




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