Mobile Gambling Increases as John Penrose Calls for New Regulations

Mobile Gambling Increases as John Penrose Calls for New Regulations

Written by: kelly on 03/11/2011 16:20

With the unstoppable rise in mobile phone use, combined with advances in technology it is unsurprising to learn that the number of people gambling on mobiles or tablet pc’s has risen exponentially over the past year.


A recent study by the UK Gambling Commission (UGC) has revealed that 12% of the people interviewed had used their mobile phone to gamble between September 2010 and June 2011. That’s an increase of 3% on the previous year which goes some way to explain the growing void between land based establishments and online gambling.

The poll showed that 56.7 per cent of all those questioned had gambled at some point over the last year, this includes the National Lottery, sports betting and other forms of remote gambling. When you dig a little deeper it becomes apparent that 3.2 per cent of gamblers have used their mobile phone to gamble over the past year.

Many of the sites used to gamble remotely are not based in the UK which has prompted a negative response from the Minister for Tourism and North Somerset MP, John Penrose. He feels that sites which benefit from UK players should hold multiple gambling licenses for each jurisdiction, i.e they should hold a UK gambling license.

In this instance it seems he has the player in mind, and not tax. He said,“We will create a level playing field, so all overseas operators will be subject to the same standards and requirements as those based in Britain.”

The age old problem he will face is how to police such an rule, as the nature of the internet is that nothing is where is really seems. 

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