A question for you: are more or less people in the UK gambling now than in 1999? Bear in mind that since then, the entire industry of online gambling has sprung up, mushroomed, and lured millions of us into its clammy embrace (so we’re told, anyway).
It’s more, right? Wrong. According to a new study by the Gambling Commission, 72% of Brits gambled in 1999, compared to 68% now. Bear in mind this includes stuff like scratch cards and the national lottery, as well as sports betting, slot machines and casinos.
The UK has always been seen as a fairly friendly market for online gambling – certainly compared to the US, where it's banned AND they arrest directors of online casinos on sight. But now the UK government has banned over a thousand online gambling sites from advertising here.