|According to analysts more and more office workers in the UK are turning to online gambling to relieve boredom at work. There has been a substantial rise in the amount of well-paid workers killing time with a quick fix online.|
And who can blame them? With the humourless PC hard liners banning the widespread downloading of pornography at work something had to fill the void. Boring and pointless workloads dumped on over fifty percent of the office workforce is leaving the well educated, intelligent and creative struggling to keep their brain cells from melting.
With the initial rise of the Internet many active gamblers turned to online betting because they didn’t have to pay betting tax. Once that was abolished in the UK in 2001, however, they mostly returned to the traditional high street betting shops. Since then vast technological improvements in I-gaming have attracted a new market of gamblers who would never visit a betting shop and can use free Internet access at work to play online.
Andrew Lee, an analyst at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein: 'It is fair to say that online betting has created a new market and has made betting a more approachable pastime for those people who do not like the seedy betting shops.”
Over $14.5 billion is being spent online by British gamblers according to the 2001-2002 Customs and Excise Annual Report. Most of the bets are being placed on Soccer matches and other favourite British sports.