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Date Published:22 Jun 2021 Last Updated:21 Jul 2021

Impact of COVID-19 on Gambling Behaviour

Betting, Gambling and Gaming

In a recent press release the UK’s gambling regulatory body, the Gambling Commission, released the findings of its further research into the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic on gambling behavior across the UK. This data, in tandem with previous research, paints a bleak picture for gamblers and shows the unsurprising reality that lockdown has been a major factor in increasing the amount of gambling taking place across the country.

The regulator’s data shows that activity in the online betting and gaming market has steadily continued to increase, including the number of bets, and the number of active players – both of which have particularly increased across online slot games.

Further, a shockingly high percentage of gamblers (some 18% of those asked between Jan-March 2021) confirmed that their gambling had increased since lockdown, which the gambling commission attributes to people spending more time at home and online, and feeling more isolated and vulnerable.

The Gambling Commission already saw a marked increase in gambling as a consequence of the Grand National, and has warned betting and gaming operators to be extra vigilant as we approach the season of increased high-level sporting events.

How can Ellis Jones help you?

Ellis Jones has a specialist betting, gambling and gaming disputes team to provide compassionate and client-focused assistance to individuals considered vulnerable who have suffered significant gambling losses. We have experience of dealing with and resolving matters in a number of different ways, including submitting complaints to betting companies, and working with the Gambling Commission and other agencies. Please contact the team on 01202 525333, or send us an email to discuss your case and how we may be able to assist you in recovering your losses.