The survey conducted in the year to June 2007 has shown the increased number of people gambling. Thus, “8.6% of adults had taken part in at least one form of remote gambling during the previous month”, while the figure for the 2006 calendar year was 7.4%. The reason for such an increase is said to be the broadening accessibility of different gambling forms.
The national lottery, followed by online poker, is the most popular forms of remote gambling. The figure of those gambling with the help of computer, laptop or handheld advice has increased from 5.2% (last year’s survey) to 6.7% (the four quarters up to June).
Now, more and more adults use their mobile phones to gamble. According to the survey almost 3% of adults have been gambling at least once a month this year. The number of people gambling via interactive or digital TV is also increasing. The age of the so called remote gamblers is between the ages of 18 and 34, and they are more likely to be male.
It is evident that gambling is more accessible nowadays, what attracts new groups of people, especially women and young people.