The UK Litmus Test for Gambling Preferences
British people have a long history of gambling. They've bet on everything from horse races to what Duchess Kate will name her baby. Many Brits love to spend time gambling in specially dedicated casinos. These casinos are physical places where people can place bets of all kinds.
Over the years, these shops have become quite familiar to many Brits as a place not only to bet but also as a place to hang out with others and enjoy a bit of local camaraderie. While these shops have traditionally done a lot of business in the United Kingdom, there are signs that have owners worried about what may happen in the future.
One area of great concern is the field of online betting. Online betting allows people in the British Isles to place a bet without the need to head to a shop. Recent data from an organization that keeps track of such things, the Office for National Statistics, has found that the traditional form of betting is losing ground all over the country. The data they have released is data that extends over a seven-year period.
Those who watch the industry closely have found a significant loss in revenues for betting in much of the country. At the same time, the data indicate that the amount of money being lost by these shops varied greatly. Some parts of the country are being more affected than other places. Overall, however, the industry is suffering because people are choosing to visit online casinos instead of going to these shops.
Industry insiders who know a lot about the United Kingdom market point to two factors that they believe have most influenced the fall of such revenues. The first that is online gaming is so easy for people to find. It is legal in the United Kingdom. Many Brits have come to spend a significant percentage of their betting time looking at the computer screen online rather than running to a shop and placing any kind of bet. At the same time, there's also another issue that has hugely affected the United Kingdom betting shops.
This issue is that of the problem of rising rents. Rents are a huge problem in many areas of Great Britain. While revenues are falling, those who run these shops have found it hard to match the rents they are being asked to pay. They have also found that rents in a physical place mean all sorts of upkeep expenses that is true for an online venue. Most of the places that have been affected by this issue are devoted to betting.
Other venues include casinos as well as arcades where lots of other types of games can be easily played. One area that has not been highly affected by the loss in revenue is the Isle of Wight. This small island off the coast still has twenty-five places to bet. Revenues here have remained steady over time and not lost ground to any form of online gambling.