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Study reveals Online Gambling soared during Lockdown, especially among Regular Gamblers

Tags: coronavirus, problem gambling, study, UK.
Posted on 27 May 2021 by "T".

According to new research, regular gamblers were six times more likely to gamble online as compared to "before the occurrence of the COVID-19 pandemic".

The study was led by the University of Bristol and published May 17 in the Journal of Gambling Studies. The study showed regular male gamblers were prone to gambling much more often online during the lockdown in the UK, compared to their previously-reported gambling habits.

Even though overall people gambled less frequently during the lockdown, mainly due to the fact that betting shops were closed, some types of gambling increased. For example, the usage of other types of online gambling such as bingo, poker and casino games grew six-fold amongst regular gamblers. Those who gambled occasionally were also found to be more than twice as likely than before to gamble online. Even those who had financial struggles before the pandemic were also more likely to engage in gambling during lockdown.

Lead author of the study Professor Alan Emond of the University of Bristol's Medical School said, "This study provides unique real time insights into how people's attitudes and gambling behavior changed during lockdown, when everyone was stuck inside and unable to participate in most social activities. The findings reveal that although many forms of gambling were restricted, a minority of regular gamblers significantly increased their gambling and betting online. As with so many repercussions of the pandemic, inequalities have been exacerbated and particularly vulnerable groups were worse affected."

The results of the comparative research, involving over 2,600 adults who participated in the survey, revealed that during lockdown men were three times more than likely than women to gamble regularly, described as more than once per week. Drinking heavily, described as more than six units in a session (equivalent to more than three pints of beer) at least once per week, was strongly linked to regular gambling among men and women. These findings are likely to be much greater in reality as the majority (70%) of respondents to the surveys in lockdown were women.

Professor Emond, also a public health expert, said, "The strong link between binge drinking and regular gambling is of particular concern, as they are both addictive behaviors which can have serious health and social consequences.  With the wider availability of gambling through different online channels, vulnerable groups could get caught in a destructive cycle. A public health approach is needed to minimize gambling harms."

The research also builds on other evidence that claims regular gamblers turned to new online options during the lockdown, such as UK punters betting on eSports, since traditional live sporting events were temporarily suspended that time.

Source:
http://www.bristol.ac.uk/news/2021/may/online-gambling.html

 


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 CALICUL04/11/2021 15:27:32 GMT
many of us have time to play and to win matters a lot
 antonis32104/11/2021 17:55:40 GMT
Pandemic , pandemic , pandemic , pandemic , ... cold and hot , soft and hard , carrot and whip , it gets rediculously obviously rigged and planned lol . They said in my country the people were not obligated to have the vaccine shot , now they say whoever has not been vaccinated has to do rapid tests for COVID or else he willl be able to go only on super markets and pharmacys , I guess next step is whoever is not vacinated will stay home for ever , and ever , and ever and ever and ever ...., lol I guess these unvaccinated people (1M of the total 10M in my country) will have a lot of time to gamble online lol
 CALICUL04/11/2021 18:08:39 GMT
people play when they have nothing to do
 Rocio2505/11/2021 22:16:42 GMT
Online games offer us many fun things but at the same time that this does not become a vice out there if it would be damaging the health of the person so it must be with great responsibility and know that everything in excess is harmful so let's keep in mind count it
 dule-vu05/11/2021 22:16:48 GMT
For most of players its hard to play in small amounts!
 Rocio2507/11/2021 15:38:17 GMT
There are advantages and disadvantages of online games because the advantages are because it distracts you, you clear it, it helps you make money and the disadvantages are that many times some people become addicted to these games and this hurts
 CALICUL07/11/2021 15:39:16 GMT
there is always a risk
 Rocio2510/11/2021 02:56:53 GMT
We know that online games are fun but everything must be done carefully since it does not become a vice would be fine but online games de-stress you a bit so play responsibly so that everything is balanced so you can be distracted a bit
 dule-vu10/11/2021 02:57:25 GMT
Yeah,yeah!
 Rocio2516/11/2021 03:10:40 GMT
We know that online games are fun but everything must be done carefully since it does not become a vice would be fine but online games de-stress you a bit so play responsibly so that everything is balanced so you can be distracted a bit
 dule-vu16/11/2021 03:14:51 GMT
You spend what you have!
 antonis32117/11/2021 20:19:12 GMT
For sure there was an expexted growth in total revenue for the gambling market (with the exception of sportsbetting maybe I guess when sports stopped for some months ) . Casinos and poker . for poker i saw the growth for few months , awesome number of players and boosted prizepools , x2 , x4 , etc but then things went back to normal number of players , I wish this boom had lasted for a year , it would be awesome with all the boosted prizepools and GTDs , the softer players'pools in cash games . Unfortunatelly it lasted very little time . guess most of them lost in cashgames , trying to win big in very few minutes , but unforunatelly this is not true.i wonder how many lost a tone of money back then ,
 dule-vu17/11/2021 20:19:51 GMT
they will have another big grow in next winter months also!
 Rocio2518/11/2021 22:34:13 GMT
Online games have notoriously triggered because of this pandemic you continue to work from home and you want to relax and these games are fun and some of them help you to earn money and what better way to have fun and earn money that is great
 dule-vu18/11/2021 22:34:21 GMT
its important to earn money,not to play for fun!
 antonis32118/11/2021 23:11:35 GMT
I hope this growth comes the next month , especially I would like to see it in poker . As that would mean more players and more mony in the prizepools for poker games , but also in casinos more players in casinos and bigger promotions , jackpot prizepools and more wins on average , espeially if you are a regualar gambler and you know ho to take advantage of this . During the poker boom the regs took full advantage of the fish , especially in cash games i I would say
 CALICUL18/11/2021 23:12:41 GMT
I hope it will grow
 Rocio2522/11/2021 01:07:56 GMT
Online games have notoriously triggered because of this pandemic you continue to work from home and you want to relax and these games are fun and some of them help you to earn money and what better way to have fun and earn money that is great
 dule-vu22/11/2021 01:08:01 GMT
Yes and they will spend even more money!
 milan_timko24/11/2021 14:37:33 GMT
It was one of the only things you could still do, so it wasnt hard to predict. Being isolatet for months.. We all needed something to get our dosis endorpines. Online is the business today. Online banking, online shopping, online gambling... We dont need to get outside anymore. We became the couch potatos. Sitting in our chair, texting for some take aways while we are playing. It made everything to easy
 CALICUL24/11/2021 14:39:42 GMT
I'm curious what the result will be after this winter
 Rocio2530/11/2021 14:58:03 GMT
online games there are advantages and disadvantages as in everything so if we are going to play it should be in moderation so that online games do not become an addition these games are very fun since you get distracted you de-stress so you wait to play these cute games
 dule-vu30/11/2021 14:58:15 GMT
players will play even more in this winter times!
 Rocio2509/12/2021 20:51:39 GMT
We know that online games are fun but everything must be done carefully since it does not become a vice would be fine but online games de-stress you a bit so play responsibly so that everything is balanced.
 dule-vu09/12/2021 20:51:48 GMT
listen to this girl....

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