Three in five online gamblers seeking support in the UK last year identified online slots as a source of their concerns, data from GamCare shows.
The data, which was pulled from GamCare’s National Gambling Helpline, shows that slots continue to be the most common activity cited by those seeking help for problem gambling behaviours.
During 2022-23, some 60% of those who made contact with the helpline said that slots were one of the main activities causing concern. This was up one point on the previous year. The figure is almost double the 34% who mentioned online slots as recently as 2018-19.
The data was derived from the 5,660 people who contacted the helpline during 2022-23 and disclosed which type of gambling activity they struggled with. Some 73% of those indicated their concerns related to online gambling.
The government is consulting on the introduction of maximum stake limits for online slots as part of its review of the Gambling Act 2005. In July, the Department for Culture,..