Calls to UK gambling helpline spike during Euro 2020

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Calls to UK gambling helpline spike during Euro 2020

GamCare registers 28% increase during the EUFA games

Contrasted with a similar time-frame last year, calls to the National Gambling Helpline GamCare went up by 28% during the Euro 2020 competition. Gamcare, the cause that runs the help, says the comeback of live games this late spring is prompting an ascent in risky betting conduct.

Anna Hemmings, CEO - GamCare.
Anna Hemmings, CEO – GamCare.

Anna Hemmings CEO of GamCare commented to Sky News saying “Certainly people who’ve had gambling issues in the past tell us that it really impacts on their ability to watch sport. Partly because it’s triggering and partly because of (gambling companies’) sponsorship and advertising.”

More than half of the helpline’s guides say they’ve addressed a recuperated player who backslid during the Euros, with some individuals revealing going to outrageous lengths to bet once more. A few callers even expressed calling in disguise as they had previously asked for a ban from bookmakers.

As soon as the Premiere League returns with full-capacity crowds, gambling will see another spike. Hemmings emphasised that lockdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic have sped up an internet betting emergency and she stressed that the arrival of the Premier League season and other live games will likely see additional players get back to gambling.

She has publicly called for recovered gamblers to ask betting shops to ban them from the building.

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