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British Public Favors Online Casinos

The gambling public in the United Kingdom is either growing or simply playing more as the Gambling Commission of Great Britain announces that online casino gambling is on the rise in the United Kingdom. The Gambling Commission is the regulatory body for casinos, bingo houses, gaming machines and lotteries in England. The body which is responsible for all gambling that takes place inside the United Kingdom has conducted an in-depth survey to learn more about the gambling habits of the British people.

The survey shows that although online casino gambling is popular, the most popular form of gambling remains the state’s lottery. The second most popular form of gambling is online casino poker. That’s right. People in the United Kingdom just love to play poker on the net. The numbers indicate that 8.6 percent of the adults in the United Kingdom have participated in some form of online gambling activity. The figure last year was 7.4 – a clear increase. With the American market slowed down as a result of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act and the online casino industry focusing on Europe, the increase makes sense. The competition is hitting up and players enjoy better offers and promotions.

The survey also shows that more people are using their mobile devices to place bets. Today, people can send SMS messages with their wagers to online casino and place bets on the go. As new technology becomes available, we will surely see this form of online gambling growing in popularity as well. Looking at overall numbers, 6.7 percent of adults admitted that they have gambled using a computer, laptop or handheld device during the previous month. Last year, only 5.2 percent of all adults admitted to the same fact. This could mean that more people are gambling, but it can also mean that online gambling is gaining further legitimacy and people do not mind admitting to their online casino activities.

OCA News Editor

Jenny McKinnley is OCA’s financial correspondent. After spending years on the trading floor in both NY and London, she offers insight from the inside out on world financial news and events.