UK Gambling Commission Releases Latest Statistics

uk gambling statsThe UK gambling authority has released it’s latest statistics for the UK gambling sector, this was a 6 Month update and the next set of data is due for release in November.

No huge shocks were reported but these figures are based on the data provided to the commission by license holders as outlined in their regulatory terms. The industry as a whole had a gross yield of 13.9 Billion Pounds from April 2016 to March 2017. The interesting thing to watch will be the expected decrease after the cop was plaed on fixed odds betting terminals earlier this Year.

  • £13.9bn total gross gambling yield (GGY) of the Great Britain gambling industry (0.7% increase from Apr 2016 – Mar 2017)
  • £4.9bn total GGY for the online sector (3.7% increase from Apr 2016 – Mar 2017)
  • 35% market share of the remote sector (1.0% increase from Apr 2016 – Mar 2017)
  • 106,366 total number of employees in the Great Britain gambling industry (0.8% decrease from Mar 2017)
  • 8,532 total number of betting shops in Great Britain (3.2% decrease from Mar 2017)
  • 183,928 total number of gaming machines in Great Britain (0.7% decrease from Apr 2016 – Mar 2017) (excludes those requiring only a local authority permit)
  • 649 total number of bingo premises in Great Britain (Mar 2018) (2.0% increase from Mar 2017)
  • 152 total number of casino premises in Great Britain (Mar 2018) (2 more than Mar 2017)
  • 1,810 total number of licensed arcades in Great Britain (Mar 2018) (3.5% decrease from Mar 2017).

The table above shows a 35% share for remote betting, bingo and casino. This is for online activity which will be set to rise over the next few Years as has been the trend. It will be extremely interesting to see the increase in remote gambling and in particular casino games and slots since the FOBS betting limited was introduced.

It could be a good indication as to whether those who loved playing high stakes roulette in their local betting shop will just do so online via their smart phones, or if as the commission hopes it will see a decrease in problem gambling.

We also see a decrease in the number of gaming machines down 0.7% to 183,928 which also indicates that players are finding what they need online rather than standing from hours in front of a fruit machine in their local pub or club.

What to expect on the next data release?

Industry experts and ourselves who have over 25 years experience in the gambling sector would expect to see a huge drop in the number of gaming machines and a significant drop in the number of betting shops. At the same time expect the market share of remote gambling to rise in comparison.

We won’t actually get to see any massive changes until the data r=is released in May 2019 which will cover the regulatory changes, and the biggest impact will be visible at the end of 2019 when the data will show the changes the restrictions to the fixed odds betting terminals has.

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