UKGC data finds low level gambling pick-up in lockdown

first_img Share Share StumbleUpon Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Submit Related Articles Camelot aims for ‘Big September’ supporting a high street recovery August 26, 2020 The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has published further data revealing that the British public has engaged less in gambling during national lockdown.The data for April was collected from the UK’s biggest operators combined with YouGov‘s ongoing ‘COVID-19 tracker’ measuring public trends and habits in lockdown.Citing general consumer trends, the UKGC underlined that lockdown ‘does not appear to have attracted new customers to gambling’ – with only 0.2% of adults surveyed stating that they had taken up gambling during the period.Meanwhile, operator data on ‘overall activity’ indicated a 5% decrease in player activity recorded between March and April, reflecting the lack of sports wagering available to consumers.Despite the drop in activity, the UKGC stated that ‘gambling participation has not fallen as drastically as anticipated at the beginning of the crisis’.Surveying active players, the UKGC reported that 75% of gamblers had ‘no increase in time or money spent gambling’ (including National Lottery products).However, as mentioned in its previous update, UK gambling consumers appear to be engaging in new products – a figure which has increased to 42% during April.  For active gamblers, new activities are driven by the National Lottery, with one in five surveyed claiming to have participated in weekly draws during the last four weeks.Presenting its research, the UKGC explained that data is consistent with the first set of findings – “Overall participation[1] has decreased but some engaged players are spending more time and money gambling on certain products”.Closing its statement, the UKGC said that it will continue to track and monitor risks by collecting the data to protect national consumers.last_img read more

Five Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals facts

first_imgFive facts on Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals ahead of the matches in Equatorial Guinea this weekend:The 48 Cup of Nations quarter-finals between their introduction in 1992 and 2013 have produced 113 goals at an average of 2.35 per match.Spectators at the 2008 tournament in Ghana were treated to a quarter-finals goal fest with 16 in the four matches.In one of those games, Salomon Kalou bagged a brace as Ivory Coast trounced Guinea 5-0 to create a record victory margin for a quarter-final.Eight of the 48 quarter-finals have been decided by penalty shootouts with the most dramatic ending in a 12-11 victory for Ivory Coast over Cameroon nine years ago.Nigeria, shock non-qualifiers for the 2015 Cup of Nations, have been the most successful quarter-finalists with eight victories followed by Ghana (six) and Ivory Coast and Mali (five each).last_img read more