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Online Gambling Numbers Rise by 40 Percent in UK

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According to leading global research firm, AC Nielsen, UK online gambling has risen by 40 percent over the last year, as online gambling sites like online casinos, poker rooms, bingo and betting sites signed up 3.2 million new players.

To put that into context, leading social networking sites like facebook only signed up 2.2 million users during the same period, which means online gambling – which is legal in the UK – is one of the fastest growing pastimes in the nation.

One of the biggest growth areas is online poker, and the world’s most popular online poker room, PartyPoker, reported 870.000 new player sign ups from the UK, a 174 percent increase, while PartyCasino sign ups rose by 360 percent.

In terms of the demographics of UK online gambling fans, approximately 50 percent earn over €36,000 a year. Plus, 46 percent of all UK online gamblers are female which is why 2000 plus websites promote ‘female friendly’ features.

Said AC Nielsen communications director, Neil Beston, ‘ Online gambling has always been extremely popular among people older than 65 and in lower class society. Nevertheless, that profile is changing due to the economic downturn.’

When the UK government legalised and regulated online gambling, it put measures in place to ensure gambling operators targeting UK players are licensed, safe and fair, and initiated programs to combat underage and problem gambling.

One of the leading UK casinos is Platinum Play Casino, which is powered by Microgaming online gambling software and boasts over 150 games, a generous £1500 in Free Bets as well as a host of secure deposit and withdrawal methods.

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