The 2021 report (‘The Review of unlicensed online gambling in the UK’ by found evidence customers using and spending at offshore sites on the rise.
The study estimates that 460,000 Brits used unlicensed gambling sites in 2020. That’s an increase of 119 per cent from the 210,000 people who were found to use illegal sites in 2018.
Meanwhile the amount spent on illegal gambling sites almost doubled, up from 1.2 per cent of total stakes in 2018 to 2.3 per cent in 2020. Extrapolated to the entire British population that would represent spending of £2.8bn, up from £1.4bn in the previous survey.