24th Sep2021

Games UK Gamblers Play in Online Casinos

by James Smith

Gambling has been a popular pastime in the United Kingdom for hundreds of years, and in 2019 47% of U.K residents engaged in some sort of gambling every month. There has been a trend towards online gambling and due to the Covid-19 pandemic internet gambling was boosted even more. There are 175 UK operators of online casinos licensed by the U.K Gambling commission and more than 3600 licenses have been issued to 2,600 gambling companies.

During 2020 online gambling in the U.K took £5.7 billion GGY (gross gambling yield) which was just under 40% of the total United Kingdom gambling market. Of that total £3.2 billion was generated by online casino games.

Before you decide to join the millions of others gambling at online casinos keep in mind that there are some shady operators running sites so you should take some steps to ensure you stay safe. Playing at a properly licensed online casino is definitely a good start.

So once you have found a good online casino to play at in the U.K. what are your options? What online casino games are the most popular with U.K gamblers? Here are the 3 most popular games with U.K players.

  • Slots: Slots are by far the most popular online casino game in the U.K. Online slots accounted for a whopping 69% of total online casino game revenue in the U.K. One of the reasons for slots popularity is because they are easy to play. You don’t have to learn a difficult strategy to win. Just place your bet and spin the reels. It isn’t even necessary to know the winning conditions to get paid. Slots also have a low entry level. It is possible to place a bet with as little as 1p. Currently you can make wagers as high as £100 or even £500 on online slots but the UK is considering lowering the maximum bet on one spin to £2. Also under consideration is setting a cap on the amount you can bet on slots in a 24 hour period at £100. Slots offer the opportunity for some massive wins. An English soldier named Jon Heywood won a £13.2 million jackpot off of a £0.25 spin and a man from Aberdeen hit a £6.3 million the first time he ever played at an online casino.
  • Roulette: The second most popular casino game with U.K players is Roulette with the game providing 14% of the online casino revenue in the United Kingdom. Minimum and maximum bets on Roulette will vary depending on the site with some online casinos allowing bets as small as 10p while maximum allowed bets can be in the thousands of pounds. There are two basic types of Roulette games; American Roulette and European Roulette. A European Roulette wheel has 37 slots numbered 0-36 while the American wheel has 38 slots with the addition of a 00 slot. European Roulette offers slightly more favourable odds. Online casinos offer both computerized games with results that are generated by a random number generator and live dealer games that involve streaming all the action to your computer or mobile device.
  • Blackjack: Blackjack, sometimes referred to as 21, is the third most popular online casino game in the U.K generating 6% of the online casino revenue. It has the distinction of offering the best odds of any casino game. When played correctly the house edge in Blackjack can be as low as 0.5% depending on the variation of the game you are playing. Although luck is always a factor, Blackjack is a game of skill and you should learn Blackjack basic strategy if you intend to play. As with Roulette, online casinos offer computer generated Blackjack as well as live dealer games.

These three types of casino games combined bring in 89% of the online casino revenue in the U.K. Of course there are plenty of other games available at online casinos that you can enjoy. Just remember to have fun and never gamble more than you can afford to lose.
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