We recently read a report by the BBC that highlighted the increase in consumers using self-exclusion tools and with such a broad focus on online gambling recently, we thought we would take a look at this report in a little more detail. If you are a bingo player that plays regularly (like many Bingo Paradise readers!) then this post might be of interest to you.
The Continuing Growth of Online Betting
The Gambling Commission recently revealed that almost £4.7 billion was gambled online in 2016-2017. This is a truly staggering sum of money and it highlights the growing issue of irresponsible gambling, particularly in the UK. At Bingo Paradise, we want everyone to have fun playing at bingo and casino sites but sometimes self-exclusion is a useful way to limit your sessions.
Indeed, the BBC highlighted that more and more consumers are now using these tools, which is an encouraging sign. The statistics revealed a total of 50,000 requests for customers to close their accounts which was up 7,000 on the previous year.
Self-Exclusion the Way Forward?
We’ve discussed for the last few weeks the rise in irresponsible gambling and we also highlighted the efforts of the UKGC and the gambling charity Gamble Aware and their efforts to educate players on both good and bad behaviours. It certainly is encouraging to see that more and more customers are seeking to reduce their gambling by using the online help tools that are available.
In terms of self-exclusion, there were 38,000 uses of the tools on various online gambling platforms and this was up from 30,378 the previous year. The total for all forms of gambling was just short of 50,000 and this included bingo, casinos and arcade games. It would seem that consumers are starting to see the benefits of these tools.