The world of online gambling grows day by day – and if you aren’t aware of just how popular it is becoming in the UK, then some of the numbers linked to it can be pretty surprising, to say the least. Really, it should come as no surprise that people like to spend some of their money gambling online – with the hope that there might be a win or two coming their way….especially with Christmas just around the corner.

Indeed, by 2026, estimates suggest it may have grown by as much as $142.38 billion. This is highly likely given that it grew by 11.82% in the last year alone. So, let’s take a look at some of the most interesting stats attached to gambling online in the United Kingdom.

Most Popular: The National Lottery

Although some people don’t consider this ‘real’ gambling, betting on the National Lottery is the most popular type of gambling in the UK. According to recent statistics, the number of National Lottery players increased by 5.4% up to 14% between 2017 and 2021 – whilst another 8% of the British population gambled on alternative Lottery draws.

This is substantially larger than the number of online sports bettors, which stayed solid at just under 5%. However, horse race betting did see a slight increase of 0.8%, up to 2.6%.

Age Group Most Likely to Gamble: 45 to 54

Apparently, the age group that is most likely to gamble online in the UK are those between 45 and 54. In fact, they currently make up around 32.8% of the UK gambling population. On the other side of the spectrum, the age group that was least likely to gamble were those aged between 16 and 24, which made up just 15.8% of the number.

Almost Half of UK Gamblers Place at Least One Bet Per Week

Another amusing statistic is that according to surveys, around half of those players that are actively gambling online in the UK (48%) place bets at least once per week. However, around 21% of players gamble even more frequently.

Land-Based Gambling Dropped Last Year

According to research, whilst online gambling has been on the rise in general, non-remote gambling actually dropped by a massive 57.1% during 2020 and 2021. However, this is clearly in no small part down to the effect of what was happening in the world at the time. This period seemed to be the catalyst for UK gamblers taking their business online, as well as other contributing factors such as new technologies. It will be interesting to analyse how this statistic has changed again in 10 years' time.

Online Gambling Increased During that Same Period

Whilst non-remote gambling was declining, online gambling was the opposite – and it was reported that during the same period, it grew 13.5%. This was the beginning part of some serious growth in this sector. In addition, about 46.1% of these bets were placed on the beautiful game. Horse racing betting also saw impressive growth – making up 32.4% of online bets. Other sports that benefited included betting on the dogs, tennis betting and cricket betting.

The Growth of Online Bingo

Another online gambling sector that has seen some impressive growth is online gambling, which has seen its popularity rise for five years in a row. It is now enjoyed by 371% of the online gambling population in the UK.

Online Casinos: Getting The Booster

One industry that did get a boost from the crisis happening worldwide was online casinos – where people were stuck inside, they started to pass their time away playing online casino games. During the lockdown period, they saw an overall increase of 22.5%.

Moreover, online casino players like to play slot games – with 72.5% of the revenue being generated by slot machines, followed by roulette and then blackjack.

The numbers are interesting – but they say just one thing – online gambling is just getting bigger and bigger… and it looks like the only way is up.

A lot of these statistics can be found on the UKGC website.


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