author: william   7 June 2019Print page

The UK suffers a gambling epidemy because of smartphones

bettor gambling addictedUncontrollable online wagers present severe dangers to society. The gambling industry has to take some measures to protects its users from harm.

UK government has recently offered bookmaker companies to cut stakes from £100 to £2 in pursuits to minimize loses caused by gambling addiction. With the emerge of smartphones, online betting became even more accessible. Only 1% of adults are using local bookmaker agencies, while more than 18% prefer to do it online.

Various gambling control institutions keep issuing fines and penalties on bookmakers to protect vulnerable customers. For example, the Gambling Commission imposed a  £627,000 fine on one of the online bookmakers for sending ads to thousands of customers who asked to keep themselves away from gambling. Another bookie was also handed a huge fine, which in their case was a £1m one.

With smartphones providing immediate access to online betting, the increase of gambling problems from 2015 to 2018 was estimated at around 50%.

The UK government is on its toes right now trying to figure out the solution. Will they find a cure?

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