Submission Type

Presentation

Submission Title

A Statistical History of Gambling in Great Britain in the 21st Century

Session Title

Session 2-4-C: Gaming and Gambling Policies

Location

Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada

Start Date

29-5-2019 3:30 PM

End Date

29-5-2019 4:55 PM

Disciplines

Economic History

Abstract

Between 1999 and 2016, six major household surveys have been carried out in Great Britain to understand the nature of gambling participation, attitudes towards gambling and the prevalence of problem gambling in the adult population. While from time to time, comparisons have been made in relation to specific findings between different surveys, to date no comprehensive reviews of what the data across the six surveys reveals about the changing face of gambling in Great Britain. This study considers this subject by reference to wider information, including data on the growth (in financial value) of the market; significant changes in gambling legislation; political attitudes towards gambling; and major developments in the provision of gambling (including the effect of changing technology).

Keywords

Europe, population, regulation

Author Bio

Dan Waugh

Dan has held a variety of roles in and around gambling over the last 14 years, He worked as strategy director within the casino industry, has chaired a charity focused on educating young people about the risks of gambling and currently advises on regulatory-political risk in gambling. He has written extensively on this subject.

Prof Ian McHale

Ian's research interests lie in statistics in sport and the analysis of gambling markets and issues relating to gambling. Ian was founding Chair of the Royal Statistical Society's Statistics in Sport Section, and serves as Associate Editor of the International Journal of Forecasting and the Journal of Quantitative Analysis in Sport. Ian has published research on a wide variety of topics including: ranking methods in sport; forecasting results in football, tennis, cricket and golf; assessment of changes to gambling regulation; and the behaviour of lottery players.

Ian has consulted with, amongst others, football clubs, the Premier League, the Press Association, the Responsible Gambling Trust (GambleAware), the General Medical Council, and several bookmakers. In 2005, Ian created the EA SPORTS Player Performance Indicator, the official player ratings system of the Barclays Premier League.

Funding Sources

Not applicable

Competing Interests

Over the last three years, the authors have received funding from a variety of organisations including licensed gambling operators and gambling regulators.

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May 29th, 3:30 PM May 29th, 4:55 PM

A Statistical History of Gambling in Great Britain in the 21st Century

Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada

Between 1999 and 2016, six major household surveys have been carried out in Great Britain to understand the nature of gambling participation, attitudes towards gambling and the prevalence of problem gambling in the adult population. While from time to time, comparisons have been made in relation to specific findings between different surveys, to date no comprehensive reviews of what the data across the six surveys reveals about the changing face of gambling in Great Britain. This study considers this subject by reference to wider information, including data on the growth (in financial value) of the market; significant changes in gambling legislation; political attitudes towards gambling; and major developments in the provision of gambling (including the effect of changing technology).