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Fear of black market betting as poll finds punters resisting affordability checks


The results of a YouGov survey for the Betting and Gaming Council were published as part of the government’s gambling review, which sparked much debate.

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Fewer than one in five bettors would let betting companies access their bank accounts or payslips in order to have a float, a new poll has found.

The YouGov survey for the Betting and Gaming Council found that just 16% of those who like a bet would submit to so-called ‘affordability checks’, which are being investigated as part of the government games review.

In contrast, around 58% said they would be unwilling to allow regulated betting and gaming companies to carry out the arbitrary blanket controls, demanded by anti-gambling activists.

The same poll also found that 59% of bettors believe government-imposed checks on whether customers can afford to place a bet would result in a large or substantial risk for customers to use unlicensed sites in the market. black dangerous online.

These are thousands of illegal gambling websites that do not offer strict identity and age verification or the range of safer gambling tools provided by BGC members, such as deposit limits and cooling-off periods.

This is compared to the strict standards of the licensed and regulated industry.

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In addition, the survey found that more than half – 51% – of all adults think increased use of the black market will lead to an increase in problem gambling, compared to just 4% who think it would reduce the rate.

The findings have been revealed as ministers continue their review of the game, with a white paper expected in the spring.

Regulated operators are already intervening where customers show signs of problem gambling or where they may be at risk.

The BGC supports further improved spending controls, but believes the focus should be on problem or at-risk gamblers – rather than everyone who bets.

According to a report published last year by PricewaterhouseCoopers, the number of people using black market sites has doubled to around 460,000, with billions of pounds at stake.

Michael Dugher, chief executive of the BGC, said the YouGov poll was a “wake-up call” for ministers as they prepare to release the gambling white paper.

He urged the government to ensure it strikes the right balance between protecting the vulnerable while not pushing the overwhelming majority who bet safely and responsibly into the black market.

Mr Dugher said: “We strongly support Gambling Review as a unique opportunity to raise standards and promote safer gambling.

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“Ministers have said this will be an evidence-based process, and these results are a wake-up call showing the potential dangers of introducing blanket affordability controls for anyone who likes to flutter.

“We believe technology should be used to identify those showing signs of problem gambling so that rapid interventions can take place.

“According to the Gambling Commission, the problem gambling rate fell from 0.6% to 0.3% in the 12 months ending September last year. But one problem gambler is one too many.

“Any change introduced by the government must be balanced so that it rightly protects the vulnerable while not driving the vast majority who bet safely and responsibly into the dangerous online black market, where there is no none of the safer gambling measures used by members of the BGC.”

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