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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.

William Hill Vegas on a Winning Streak With Big Jackpot Winners

Thursday, September 16th, 2010
See the Recent Winners List at William Hill Online for a dose of payouts.

See the Recent Winners List at William Hill Online for a dose of payouts.

William Hill’s virtual Las Vegas online casino, William Hill Vegas, recently scored it’s largest winner to date. Or perhaps I should say a lucky player at William Hill Vegas has scored the largest jackpot to date – for both Will Hill and the player! Coming in at nearly half-a-million pounds, let’s just say it’s one of the largest jackpots to be won online, period!

The lucky player – referred to as Eni O. – hails from London, which is precisely where William Hill is headquartered. Even though the big win was hit one month ago, it’s still making news at a number of online gambling news sites – including OCS, obviously!

Eni had this to say in regards to the win: “I’m absolutely over the moon. I’ve had a few small wins on williamhill.com in the past, but this is incredible – I’m lost for words! I just want to hug that plucky little leprechaun.”

What’s even more newsworthy is that while Eni’s £420,948.21 jackpot win (on the Leprechaun’s Luck slot machine, hence the shout out to the plucky little leprechaun) is an impressive feat, the fact of the matter is that jackpots in the hundreds-of-thousands take place all the time at William Hill Vegas. Within the last year, there were twelve wins that nearly hit or surpassed the £100,000 mark.

The three wins that hovered just below 100K were for £85,000 on the Pharaoh’s Treasure progressive video slot, £76,000 also on Pharaoh’s Treasure and £74,000 on Alice’s Wonderland. The “Chests of Plenty” slot has produced three different £100K+ wins (the largest coming in at £176,000 last October), while “Alice’s Wonderland” has scored the fifth and second largest wins at £150,000 and £256,000. The third largest jackpot within the last year was for over £234,000 on the Leprechaun’s Luck slot, which as mentioned, was home to the largest jackpot to date at nearly £421,000.

William Hill Vegas is part of the William Hill Online network of internet wagering sites, offering everything from sports betting and casino games to bingo, poker and skill games. Will Hill Vegas is is owned and operated by WHG International Ltd. and is licensed and registered with the UK white-listed Gibraltar Regulatory Authority, which on a side note, is proving to be a more fitting regulatory jurisdiction than the UK Gambling Commission for an increasing number of UK/Europe based online casino operators. Read the OCS William Hill Casino Review for more information.

Rank Interactive’s Blue Square Developing iPad Online Sportsbook With Mkodo

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

I’m pretty sure everyone could have predicted that Apple’s iPad would be yielded as a tool for gambling at online casinos…eventually. Heck, when it first came out, I was surprised there wasn’t already an online betting application designed to seamlessly integrate with the iPad browser. But then again, why would there need to be? The iPad is essentially a lighter and more manageable laptop…..err, handtop.

I suppose this is where we begin charting deeper into the world of user-experience. Sure, you can still log onto any online casino or your favorite poker room through the Safari browser on the iPad. However, just as there is a difference between a mobile version of a website and the regular website, you will have to scroll around more to find what you are looking for – the main reason being differences in screen size.

If you want to see what I’m talking about in action, well, first you will obviously need to get your hands on an iPad. Secondly, you should navigate your way over to BlueSq.com – the online sports betting division of London-based Rank Interactive. One of the UK’s leading online leisure and entertainment company’s, BlueSquare is licensed out the UK Gambling Commission’s whitelisted Alderney jurisdiction, and accounts for a large share of the sports betting traffic generated in Europe.

A recent agreement with Mkodo Limited to develop an iPad sportsbook is just another innovative addition to BlueSquare’s already impressive lineup of mobile application platforms. In fact, BlueSquare reports “fantastic growth” over the past year on the mobile front. A partnership with Mkodo now is certain to bring in more mobile traffic, especially with Apple’s range of products, which account for over half the traffic handled on the Mkodo platform.

2009 UK Gambling Commission Survey Reveals Nothing Out of Ordinary

Friday, February 12th, 2010

As the States move one step closer toward online gambling regulation – or, at least, one step closer to approving legislation to study the impacts of online gambling and the feasibility of regulation (go Barney Frank!) – the UK Gambling Commission, aka The Commission, has just released more data resulting from a series of comprehensive surveys aimed at gauging gambling habits of UK bettors, as well as overall player demographics.

In light of the upcoming release of  the 2010 Gambling Prevalence Study, which is a comprehensive analysis of gambling trends in the UK that takes place every three years, the most recent set of survey stats apply strictly to 2009, and essentially show nothing different than that of the 2007 Gambling Prevalence Study data.

Consisting of two questions – one pertaining strictly to remote forms of wagering, including computer, mobile phone and television online casino wagering, the other pertaining to all forms of wagering both on and offline – the survey engaged some 7,000 adult participants, over half of which had participated in at least one form of wagering over the past four weeks of being surveyed.

Not surprisingly, the most popular betting activity was the National Lottery, followed by scratch cards and charitable lotteries. The next most popular betting activities down the line were neither surprising to researchers, and included horserace betting, slot machines and private betting amongst close circles of friends and family. UK online casinos were not amongst the most frequented of gambling destinations.

If anything, the latter revelation regarding private wagering is most interesting. While this still shows that many bettors do not fully trust UK-based gambling operations, over 50% of survey respondents consider the UK gaming industry trustworthy as a whole (up slightly from 2008). Further revealing that gambling is being looked upon more favorably in the UK is a greater number of people (14% surveyed) associating gambling crime with addicts committing larceny, rather than organized crime and money laundering.

While this does not entirely paint a better picture of sentiments toward gambling addiction, it nonetheless shows that awareness of gambling crime is expanding and that organized crime is being effectively prevented and dealt with. Furthermore, gambling addiction is still within normal bounds, even as remote online wagering activity has seen a moderate increase of about 1%.

Certainly proving that online gambling can and is being successfully regulated and managed, UK Gambling Commission statistics will indeed likely serve as a comparative benchmark for US officials if and when legislation is passed to study and set forth online gambling regulations of its own.