UK Gambling Stats

Get the numbers on betting and gambling in the UK.

Punters in the UK are able to gamble online and in person at sportsbooks, casinos and pubs holding a license from the UK Gambling Commission. We decided to understand more about the gambling industry in the UK, putting data at the heart of our research.

To build a clear picture of statistics and trends in the UK, our team researched dozens of different sources and compiled a broad array of data insights. We have presented the results below and will update regularly as fresh data sources become available. Sources are indicated with each data point and full references included at the end of the page.


1. The gross gambling yield of the gambling industry in Great Britain was £14.1 billion between October 2018 and September 2019.  

Source: UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) Official Industry Statistics


2. There are 98,174 people employed in the gambling industry. 

Source: UKGC Official Industry Statistics


2. There are 7,315 betting shops. 

Source: UKGC Official Industry Statistics


4. The total gross gambling yield for remote casinos was £3.2 billion from October 2018 to September 2019.

Source: UKGC Official Industry Statistics


5. The total gross gambling yield for remote betting was £2.1 billion from October 2018 to September 2019.

Source: UKGC Official Industry Statistics


6. The total gross gambling yield for remote bingo was £198 million from October 2018 to September 2019.

Source: UKGC Official Industry Statistics


7. The total gross gambling yield for land-based casinos was £1.1 billion from October 2018 to September 2019.

Source: UKGC Official Industry Statistics


8. National Lottery contributions to good causes were £1.6 billion from October 2018 to September 2019.

Source: UKGC Official Industry Statistics

 

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