|A survey conducted by online poker room, pkr.com, and YouGov has revealed that there is little public resistance to government plans to license and regulate online gambling as part of the new Gambling Act which comes into force in September.|
The results from the survey, part of a Poker UK 2007 report issued by pkr.com, saw 63 percent of 4,630 respondents supporting Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell’s policy to regulate the online gambling industry from within the UK.
The introduction of the new laws even received backing from non-gamblers with over 50 percent agreeing with government plans and only 14 percent disagreeing with the new proposals. The survey also highlighted that licensing and regulation plays a small role in players’ choice of online gaming sites. Nearly two thirds of those surveyed, 63 percent, believe that it is crucial for an online gambling site to have a licence, while only 5 percent see licensing as ‘not important at all.’
The British public also put in a vote of confidence for the future of UK casino industry with 70 percent saying they would trust a poker room or casino that is overseen and licenced in the UK.