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Could Popular UK Online Gambling Industy Be The Death Of Land-Based Casinos | Maybe The House Wins After All

Andy Newton
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You can bet on most things these days – from reality TV shows, the Eurovision Song Contest, who will be the next James Bond and, of course, every sport played under the sun.

UK Online Gambling As Popular As Ever In London

However, it’s the online gambling scene, with poker, blackjack, slots and roulette that continues to explode in the UK and in particular London.

The UK capital – which is home to a stack of ‘actual casinos’ has seen a steady boom in gaming fans preferring to stay at home and gamble on the tables online.

Of course, the benefits are obvious to see. There is no cost of getting to a live casino. No spending money on drinks or food when at the casinos and not having to mess about changing up money or chips to play with.

Then, if you add in the convenience of just being able to turn on a laptop or tap an app on your mobile to play – it seems the land-based casinos are fighting a losing battle.

Only last year in 2022 the UK gambling sector was said to be worth over £15bn, with the online players expected to have made up a fifth of that total.

Yes, at first glance the online slice of the UK gambling pie might not make you stand up and take notice, but what is significant is this 1/5 % has been on the climb since 2005.

While from 2019 to 2022 – just three years, it’s also hiked up over 17% – and there seems no let-up!

Convenience And Comfort The Key To Online Gambling Boom

It’s more convenient than ever to get a bet on a sporting event or play with the online casinos.

While with more and more sports on TV these days, then bettors are enjoying having a wager on their favourite sports from the comfort of their own homes.

In terms of online casinos – the same applies.

Instead of having the big effort to go out and join a casino – taking all your documents with you.

Then changing up chips and cashing them in (if you win) – spending money on travel, food and drink – it’s not hard to see why the UK gambling players prefer to stay in and play.

Variety Is The Spice Of Life

The other reason the ‘stay-at-home’ casino players continue to rise, is the choice on offer.

If you head to the land-based casinos you’ll be faced with all the standard table games – poker, roulette and blackjack – plus the basic slots and fruit machines.

However, online the wide selection of choice increases 100-fold!

Most gaming platforms will have over 1000 slots for example – too many sometime!

While even the table games on offer online now have live streaming options with actual live dealers. Therefore, without having to get out of bed or even out of your pj’s – you can hot-foot into a virtual casino in a matter of seconds.

Overall, it’s hard to see this pattern changing either – with more and more people being able to use UK betting sites from the comfort of their home.

If anything, it’s only going to get easier for players to bet online and you feel it might not be long before the old Vegas-style huge casinos, that many people grew up with, go ‘bust’ – excuse the pun!

Maybe – ironically – the ‘house’ wins after all!

Andy Newton

Andy Newton is a well-known horse racing and sports betting writer that specialises in using key trends and stats to help find winners and unique betting approaches. Over the years, Andy has built up many industry contacts, including with some of the leading horse racing stables in the UK with his time running the Trainers-Quotes site and has also ghost-written for former top jockey Richard Dunwoody. Andy is also the former sports betting editor of odds comparison site Easyodds and JuiceStorm and appeared on many betting podcasts for MatchBook and BetBright. You can also find his views via his monthly Racing Ahead magazine column, which he’s held a slot for over 10 years. Now a regular on Bettingsites.co.uk too giving his views, trends and tips mainly on horse racing and football - so if there's a stat to be unearthed and it's a sport, Andy is sure to find an interesting betting angle. Here’s a look at a sampling of where Andy’s expertise has been mentioned: Racing Ahead Magazine Trainers-Quotes JuiceStorm GeeGeez