Gambling News from the UK

12/09/2011
By Pamela PattersonGoogle

This past week, the English gaming community has been following two recent news stories: an information center has been established for the benefit of problem gamblers and the United Kingdom Gambling Commission has released its quarterly survey.

 

The Responsible Gambling Fund of the United Kingdom, an independent charity founded to combat problem gambling, hired Electric Putty, an award winning web-design company, to create a virtual hub that will provide information for anybody working to help problem gamblers kick their addiction.  In addition to providing information for gamblers themselves, the site will also be geared towards researchers in the field of problem gambling; it will enable them to share articles and other research information.  Responsible gambling counselors and other treatment professionals can find proper treatment facilities to refer their patients.  Additionally, legislators and other policy makers will be able to find accurate data about problem gambling and relevant gambling statistics to aid them in their decision making.  The Fund’s goal is to launch the site this February.

 

The quarterly survey of the UK’s Gambling Commission on gambling participation was released last week.  The survey covers July, August, and September of 2011.  The market research company ICM Research performed the survey on behalf of the commission.  The survey covered gambling in general and remote gambling separately. 

 

The report stated that total participation in some form of gambling increased by 1.6% compared to the same quarter last year.  The National Lottery remains the most popular form of gambling.  The survey revealed that the largest group of gambling participants was males over the age of 45; however, among remote gamblers the average age was 18-44.

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