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UK Online Casinos Busiest Since 2008

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

UK flagsGambling online at UK online casinos is quite the hotbed of activity these days. Needless to say, the UK market has been very successful over the years; 2013 in particular, as it has been the most successful year since 2008. Of course, the last 5-6 years have seen growth in players due to a growth in marketing. Let’s just say that if you’ve been in the UK recently, you’ve no doubt seen road side signs and television commercials abound.

UK-based online casino companies generated gaming action to the tune of £1.06b in the 12 months leading up to 2013, up 16% from 2012. Numbers just released by the UK Gambling Commission showed online sports wagering revenue improved 17% to £879m. Sports wagering is wildly popular in many European markets, UK especially.

The UK market does not release official numbers as frequently as the US market, but perhaps this new release will prompt New Jersey lawmakers to look even closer at the opportunity to regulate wagering on sports. The topic is controversial and taking place in the Garden State now.

All forms of online casino gambling produced higher numbers, except bingo, which noticeably fell some 20% to £2m. This is in part due to the advancement in technology making bingo players even more confident to branch out to more skill-based casino games.

The number of player accounts and active online casino accounts both grew in number, with great marketing concepts and player promotions being a factor in this regard. Sports wagering has become impressively popular, with new player registrations at online gambling sites in the UK hitting 5.2m – the highest figure in 5 years.

Interestingly enough, these numbers reflect a mere fraction of the complete UK market, accounting for 15% because they do not include the true offshore side of UK-licensed online casino brands such as Ladbrokes or Will Hill. Both of these companies are huge, and rake in tens of millions on their own each year. The same goes for a large amount of operators licensed in such offshore jurisdictions like Gibraltar or the Isle of Man.

As of right now, however, this will all change October 1, when the UK’s new casino gambling laws take action. Let’s just say there’s a heated war taking place over taxes and it is not pretty, folks. The latest developments in this debacle have the Commission advising internet casino operators to submit their UK license applications by the end of the day, September 16, after which a two-week dead period commences. Two months after that, the UK’s 15% point-of-consumption tax (POCT) kicks in. And casino execs are not looking forward to it.


Combined wagering – online or off – in the UK, according to the Commission, shows total gambling market was worth £6.7b, which is an improvement of about $250m from 2012. This does not count the National Lottery revenue.

Brick and mortar casino earnings gained over 12% to £1.08b (representing 16% of the total gambling market). Table games action was a high performer. Roulette is the king of table games in the UK with Blackjack and Baccarat tied for second place. Keep in mind, Blackjack and Roulette were available at a combined 1,496 tables, while only 150 tables offered the game of Baccarat.

The UK has much to be pleased with, overall. New Jersey should take note of the sports wagering figures (even though it would compromise many things in the US regarding professional sports leagues). Stay tuned to see what happens in the taxation battle between offshore and other UK-licensed casinos.

UK Online Bingo Room, Mecca Bingo, to Offer Branded “Blockbusters” Bingo Game Shortly

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

blockbustersDepending on how old you are (if you’re reading this, hopefully old enough to gamble online), you may or may not remember the game, “Blockbusters”. A bingo variant that stormed the gaming scene back in the 80’s, “Blockbusters” gained enormous popularity – namely in Britain – due to a quiz game show of the same name being aired for nearly twenty years straight.

Bringing “Blockbusters” back – well, to the world of online gambling, that is – is leading European facing online casino and gaming software developer, Playtech. Bridging the gap between Playtech and the British online bingo community is Virtue Fusion – the leading licensor of online bingo products in the UK. As part of a licensing agreement with MeccaBingo.com, Virtue Fusion and Playtech have successfully brought another branded game to the masses.

If you are thinking that Mecca Bingo sounds familiar, that’s because it probably is. Owned by the Rank Group, which is one of the leading betting companies in all of Europe (operating Grosvenor Casinos and Blue Square), Mecca Bingo has some serious backing, and hence, it’s ability to team up with Playtech for the Blockbuster bingo game.

Rank Interactive Head of Gaming, Angus Nisbet recognized the impact of such a deal, stating, “Branded online bingo games are among the most popular on MeccaBingo.com, and I am sure that Blockbusters will be another success. Playtech’s Virtue Fusion Alderney has created a fantastic product and I am positive it will strike a chord with fans of the show and be well-liked by new players too.”

The Blockbusters deal shortly follows a partnership between Rank and Virtue Fusion, in which Virtue Fusion created the “Britain’s Got Talent” bingo game, which can now be seen on the homepage of Mecca Bingo – Official Bingo Partner of Britain’s Got Talent.