Oct 3, 2017

Online betting: More addicts struggling with mobile sites

The number of gambling addicts struggling with betting on mobile phones and tablets has risen, figures show. The National Problem Gambling Clinic said while 24% of its patients struggled with mobile gambling in 2012-13, this rose to 63% in 2016-17. Software companies are working on apps to block gambling sites from the phones of problem gamblers. The figures, released under the Freedom of Information Act by the NPGC, show 63% of patients said they struggled with mobile gambling, 59% struggled with fixed odds betting terminals and 59% struggled with sports betting in bookmakers. A spokesperson for the Remote Gambling Association said that as phones became more reliable, more people used them to place bets - inevitably leading to higher numbers of problem gambling referrals.

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