Gamblers are switching from wagers on sport to far riskier online casino and slot games amid lockdown restrictions to curb the spread of Covid-19, according to one of the UK’s biggest gambling websites.In an update to the stock market, 888 Holdings said it had been affected by the postponement or cancellation of events such as the Premier League and Grand National, cutting income from sports betting, which accounts for about 16% of its revenues.However, it said there was evidence that gamblers were migrating to alternative products.“There is สถิติหวยฮานอย วีไอพี currently evidence of increased customer activity in the group’s casino and poker products that might, in part, compensate for the sports betting disruption for a period of time,” it said.A cross-party group of MPs called for online gambling companies to impose a £50 daily cap on bets earlier this week, citing concern that vulnerable people and addicts would be particularly vulnerable during the lockdown period.About 1.2% of people who take part in gambling have a problem, according to the most recent analysis published by the Gambling Commission. The relatively low figure includes people who play the national lottery, where problem gambling rates are low.Online sports betting with a bookmaker carries a slightly higher rate of disordered gambling, at 2.5%. However, online slots, casino and bingo attract a much higher rate of potential addicts, with about 9.2% of people who spend money on those products classed as having a problem.The MPs’ request for online gambling firms to impose a daily betting cap has so far gone unanswered.Sign up to the daily Business Today email or follow Guardian Business on Twitter at
However, 888 said it was working particularly hard to ensure that it spots signs of problem gambling among its customers.
“The board recognises that, with people spending more time at home and with potentially increased stress from economic uncertainty, 888’s vigilance on safe gambling and preventing gambling-related harm is even more important than ever,” it told investors.“The group continues to offer its customers support and is proactively communicating with its customers to make them aware of safe gambling tools to limit and control their play.”AdvertisemenWilliam Hill has previously told the Guardian that it is being “extra sensitive” in its marketing, after evidence emerged that it was suggesting customers bet on table tennis, Japanese baseball and the Belarusian Premier League.News is under threat just when we need it the most. Millions of readers around the world are flocking to the Guardian in search of honest, authoritative, fact-based reporting that can help them understand the biggest challenge we have faced in our lifetime. But at this crucial moment, news organisations are facing a cruel financial double blow: with fewer people able to leave their homes, and fewer news vendors in operation, we’re seeing a reduction in newspaper sales across the UK. Advertising revenue continues to fall steeply meanwhile as businesses feel the pinch. We need you to help fill the gap.We believe every one of us deserves equal access to vital public service journalism. So, unlike many others, we made a different choice: to keep Guardian journalism open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. This would not be possible without financial contributions from those who can afford to pay, who now support our work from 180 countries around the world.Reader financial support has meant we can keep investigating, disentangling and interrogating. It has protected our independence, which has never been so critical. We are so grateful.We need your support so we can keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. And that is here for the long term. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable.