Infographic: Fun Facts about UK Gamblers

Michael Johnson June 28, 2019

If you think your gambling habits are private, think again. The gambling industry knows more than you imagine about UK gamblers and what makes them tick.

Where do Britons place their bets?

78% of the UK’s adult population gambles. This number, however, does include people who play the National Lottery. If you exclude National Lottery players, the number drops to 56%. When you take a closer look at the stats, you see that 25% of gamblers play other lotteries, 24% like scratch cards, 16% play slot machines and 16% like to bet on horse racing. The Grand National is the biggest single gambling event on the UK calendar with £500 million viewers worldwide and £350 million staked per year.

Are gamblers more likely to be married or single?

One might imagine that gamblers playing on online casino sites are lonely, single middle-aged men sitting in their dark apartments hoping to change their fortunes by winning a life-altering jackpot, but that just isn’t true. Gamblers come from all walks of life and surprisingly, studies have shown that you are more likely to gamble if you are married or have previously been married. 

What is the most popular place to gamble?

Every gambler has their favourite spot and for 23% of UK gamblers, that is the toilet. This, however, is not the most popular place to indulge in gambling sites online. 66% of gamblers play in the living room and 45% in the bedroom while 33% gamble on the go during their daily commute and 27% admit to gambling at work.  

Where are the best gamblers in the UK?

The best gamblers, based on amount bet vs amount won, live in Liverpool, London, and Manchester, while the worst ones are in Leicester, Sheffield, and Newcastle.

Are men or women better gamblers?

75% of men gamble as opposed to 71% of women but women are more successful at it and tend to win 5% more money per bet. 

What is the age of British gamblers?

The older you get the more likely you are to gamble. 60% of men between the age of 35 and 65 like to gamble but women are late bloomers with 62% being between the age of 55 and 65. Online gamblers, however, are younger. 50% of online gamblers are between 18 and 34 years old, 40% are between 35 and 54 years old and only 10% are over 55. But while twenty-somethings are most likely to gamble online, 40 to 44year olds are the most successful. 

Why do Britons gamble?

There are no surprise answers to this question. Britons love to gamble because they love to win.  83% of gamblers are playing to win the big money, 78% play for fun, 59% play to make money and 51% do it for the thrill. 

UK Gamblers Fun Fact Infographic

About the Casinomir Writer

Michael Johnson
Michael Johnson
Author since August 30, 2022
With over ten years in the industry, Michael Johnson from Stockton-on-Tees is a veteran of online gambling. He's been a keynote speaker at several events and is seen as a go-to guy regarding questions around UK gambling licenses.