Great Britain Gamblers Cut Back on Gaming
A recent survey by the Gambling Commission shows that players in Great Britain are cutting back on their participation in gambling.
A new survey involving problem gambling and participation in the industry by the Gambling Commission revealed that players in Great Britain are not playing as much as they used to. For June 2021, the percentage of participants dropped by more than 41%. The total is a 3.5% decline from June 2020. At that time, the percentage was low because retail outlets were shutdown due to COVID-19.
Details of the Survey
Gambling rates were down across the board, involving both gender categories and age ranges. However, some of the declines were so small, they were not really significant. The survey showed that the total portion of people taking part in gambling during the four weeks of June, without counting the lottery, it came in at 28.3%.
It seems the decline was mainly due to retail gambling. Outlets were shutdown some still this year as COVID-19 cases were on the rise yet again. While retail gambling slowed down, the online sector saw an increase with 17.6% more participation.
The regulator pointed out that the increase in online gambling and the retail decrease was due to lottery players moving to online services. The National Lottery saw a more than 2% jump from the previous month. In-person ticket sales dropped from almost 20% to 14.7%.
What Are Player’s Drawn To?
With the pandemic being a main cause in the lack of gambling options in Great Britain, what are players drawn to now? According to the survey, the National Lottery is the most popular choice among gamblers. Over 26% of those participating in the survey showed this as their favorite.
Sports betting drew about 5.5% of those surveyed with horse betting a just over 3%. Slots also came in at over 3%. Casino games were at 1.1% which is pretty level with past percentages while bingo is on the decline.
Players have cut back on retail gambling, but that is most likely due to closures or the threat of the COVID-19 pandemic. Online gambling is expected to continue to be a top choice among players as the activity can be enjoyed at home rather than in person.
The Gambling Commission is focused on problem gambling needs as iGaming participation increases. The new survey showed that problem gambling is down, but the change is not a significant percentage.
Yet the percentage of people who are considered to be at medium risk did see a large decline. Those who are considered low risk were also a lower percentage than in 2020.
For players who need help, Great Britain offers GamStop, a non-profit organization that offers self-exclusion services. Players can sign up for an account for free with GamStop and cut off access to UK gambling companies online. The process of self-exclusion can be added for up to five years.
Basically the program provides a blanket restriction to services in the area. Players are able to avoid visiting sites as they cannot access accounts. The program is helpful to those who sign up and has shown to be a great option for players who need help in restricting themselves from gameplay.
It will be interesting to see how the gambling industry functions moving forward. The country is dealing with COVID-19 still like everyone else and it may be that restrictions come back into play before too long. We may see venues cutting back on how many people they allow inside or players may revert to online gambling more so than in person options to avoid the virus.