Latest UK gambling statistics perhaps show that the open availability of Apps for mobile devices has caused more gamblers go online than ever before.
Latest UK Gambling Statistics published by the UK Gambing Commission
The Main Statistics
New figures published by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) show online gambling is now the largest gambling sector in the UK. The latest figures published by UKGC show online gambling accounts for 33% of all gambling in the UK.
Gross Gambling Yield
The total gross gambling yield was £13.6 million for the twelve month period from April 2015.
Latest UK gambling statistic published by the UKGC show a gross gambling yield of £4.5 billion for online gambling operators between April 2015 and March 2016. Over the same period, the National Lottery generated £3.4 billion. The high street betting sector generated £3.3 billion and traditional casinos generated £1 billion.
The gambling statistics in the UK show the break down of online gambling yield was £2.6 million from casino games and £1.6 million from betting. Also generated were £152 million was from betting exchanges, £153 million from Bingo and £26 million from pool betting. Of the £2.6 billion generated from casino games, online slot machines generated £1.8 billion. That means that 40% of online gambling revenue was generated by slot machines alone. That is an increased proportion and demonstrates that more people now enjoy playing online slot machines. Read about online casino gambling laws and the benefits of online gambling.
The National Lottery contributed £1.8 million to good causes, an increase of 7.2% over the previous year.
Alarmingly, UK gambling statistics also show the number of betting shops in the UK decreased by 1.8%. As of September 2016 there are now 8,709 betting shops. This could decrease further if online betting continues to increase. Bingo premises also decreased by 4.3% between March and September 2016.
Interestingly, the number of people employed in the gambling industry fell by 1.5% over the twelve months. There are still just under 105,000 people employed in the UK Gambling Industry. However, that number might decrease further in the future with the increasing trend for online gambling.
UK Gambling Commission Comments
Gambling Commission programme director James Green said: “Our latest statistics show that with the growth in online gambling the industry is increasingly taking a creative approach to using technology to engage consumers. As the online sector grows operators will also need to demonstrate that they are taking an equally innovative approach to ensuring gambling is safe for all online consumers.”