Author: Anton Johan
The UK gambling fraternity is abuzz with the results of a recent survey designed
to gauge the UK public's interest in being exposed to more gambling on TV, which
revealed that 28 percent are in favour of seeing more gaming on telly.
TV gambling survey was conducted across 1000 random UK households by
respected gaming authority, Right Casino Media, to learn if there is scope for
even more gambling on television in the UK, which is acknowledged to be one of
the world's most liberal and forward-thinking nations when it comes to legalised
and regulated gambling.
It is no secret that the UK has a long and rich history when it comes to land
gambling in the form of bingo halls and casinos, and was also one of the first
countries to embrace online gambling through the legalisation and regulation, as
well as the marketing and advertising, thereof.
UK is a Pioneer in Television Gambling
The UK is also a pioneer in the field of gambling on TV, with three brands
currently in operation that cater mainly to live roulette fans. They are
Jackpot247, which is available on Sky Channel 862 and ITV1, SuperCasino which is
available on Sky Channel 862 and Channel 5, and Smart Live Casino which is
available on Sky Channel 863.
According to the survey, 49 percent were indifferent to gambling on TV, while 23
percent were against the concept completely. In fact, most of those 23 percent
believe that gambling on UK television should be made illegal, because they
believe gambling can 'ruin lives and is destructive.'
However, if the survey revealed anything, it's that those with a negative view
of TV gaming are in the minority, which is good news for proponents of gambling
in the UK.
As for the indifferent 49 percent, most were very pragmatic in their opinions,
saying that because of their ability to 'lock' certain channels and programs,
they could ensure that their children were not exposed to those channels. Others
said that if people were old enough to watch late night TV, they were old enough
to make their own legal decisions.
Gambling on TV for
According to Right Casino Media MD David Merry, gambling on TV in the United
Kingdom is perfectly acceptable provided that the proper measures are in place
to ensure that only responsible adults can partake.
'The game of live roulette has proved a popular and entertaining pastime, and
people shouldn't victimise those who do gamble responsibly due to their own
opinion - if you don't like it then I'd recommend not watching the channel,' he
For our tuppence, gambling is very popular in most parts of the world and is
here to stay. While there will always be instances of underage and problem
gambling that slip through the cracks, for the most part the vast majority of
people who gamble at land venues and/or over the internet are adults, and most
importantly, do so responsibility.
Free Will is King
As for those people who are against it, they are free to make the choice to not
to expose themselves or their families to UK television gambling. When it comes
to the question of whether to gamble or not to gamble, we believe that free will
Posted by Anton Johan at 12:20 on 27 September 2012