Regulus reflects: Increased prevalence for most modes of gambling

Regulus reflects: Increased prevalence for most modes of gambling

Tuesday, August 29, 2017 Posted by Luke Massey
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Problem gambling rates amongst those who gamble climbed to 1.4%

Regulus Partners was not surprised at the findings from a review on problem gambling, but admitted that an increase in prevalence rates for “most modes of gambling” was a concern ahead of October’s regulatory announcement.

Regulus was reacting to problem gambling rates reported within an analysis of gambling data from the 2015 Health Surveys, conducted by NatCen on behalf of the Gaming Board/Gambling Commission.

For example, problem gambling prevalence rates increased from 7.2% to 11.5% for FOBTs, 6.0% to 7.3% for casino table games, 2.6% to 5.7% for slot machines and 3.8% to 5.4% for online betting, while there were minor reductions for bingo clubs (3.4% to 2.7%), football pools (4.0% to 3.5%) and spread betting (20.9% to 20.1%).

Using a Problem Gambling Severity Index (PGSI), women and older people were found to be significantly less likely than men and younger people to be diagnosed as at-risk or problem gamblers.

63% of adults (aged 16 and over) in Great Britain had gambled in the past year, with 1.4% of these classed as problem gamblers (up from 1.3%). This equates to 0.8% of the population, a figure up from 0.6% in 2012 but still within a longer-term range of 0.6% to 0.9%.

Dan Waugh, Partner at Regulus Partners, told "The survey results themselves are not particularly surprising - and following the relatively low problem gambling prevalence figures recorded in 2012, a level of reversion might have been expected.

"Nevertheless, the increases in problem gambling prevalence alongside the CMA and ICO investigations and a welter of negative press commentary may not augur well for October's Government announcement on gambling regulation - and perhaps the Autumn Statement too."

Totally Gaming says: Regulus was not surprised at the increase in problem gambling prevalence, which may have been skewed by unusually high rates in Wales and relatively small sample sizes, but predicted a “welter” of negative press ahead of a review expected to push for increasingly stringent wager limits on FOBTs and a 9pm watershed restriction for gambling advertising.

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