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UK – Online gaming now accounts for 39 per cent of UK’s gambling total

By - 31 May 2019

The British gambling industry generated Gross Gambling Yield of £14.5bn between Oct 2017 and September 2018, showing a slight decrease of 0.4 per cent from the previous period although online and mobile continue to account for an increasing share of the action.

Remote gambling accounted for £5.6bn of this total equating to a 39 per cent share of the market. The UK has 152 casinos, 650 bingo halls, 8,423 betting shops and 1,639 licensed arcades, employing 106,670 people.

Ben Haden, Programme Director for Industry Insight said: “Despite the marginal decline across the wider gambling industry, the online gambling sector continues to grow. Our role as regulator will continue to see us working to raise standards right across the industry.

“Following our comprehensive review of the online gambling sector in 2018, this year we have implemented new rules to strengthen age and ID verification checks and we’ve also been working with partners in financial institutions to develop the role they can play to protect vulnerable consumers.

“Last month we published the new National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms which has a renewed focus on plans to widen research, take a preventative approach to gambling harms, assess treatment provision, embed a culture of evaluation, and encourage industry to collaborate to make gambling safer.’’

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