12/11/2012 : ONLINE GAMBLING ON THE INCREASE IN AUSTRALIA
Land gambling continues decline
The amounts wagered by Australian punters on land bets declined by A$1.6 billion in the year to end September 2012, but that bet over the internet continued to increase, according to a recent study by Roy Morgan Research.
Land gambling generated around A$16.9 billion, a far cry from the same period in 2010, when Australians spent A$20 billion on having a punt. The most recent figure is also significantly less than the amount spent on gambling in 2003, which came in at A$19.1 billion.
The most popular form of land gambling – the pokies -accounted for A$10.2 billion over the reporting period – a A$1 billion drop from the preceding year, and a decline of A$3 billion when compared to 2003 numbers.
Reversing the trend was online gambling – including sports betting – which increased from A$928 million in 2010 to A$1.1 billion in the year to September 2012.