British Workers Gamble on the Truth
By staff
Although men will boast about their previous nights gaming activities to work colleagues, women feel their careers could be hampered if they admitted that they enjoy a flutter in their own time, according to new research by, the UK's leading online games and fruit machine website.

With more and more employees finding their personal life and conduct under scrutiny by employers, it should therefore come as no surprise that British workers told just over 1.4 billion lies to their bosses in 2004, and 68% admitted to telling untruths at least once a week.

Pulling a 'sickie' and lying about why they were late for work, were the most popular untruths told by employees, with 37% telling fibs such as 'The train was cancelled' or 'The car wouldn't start' and even that a 'family pet had passed away', according to the 500 respondents polled by Cyberslotz.

A further one third, 31%, of workers claimed that they would blatantly lie to their boss when asked 'What did you do last night?' One in five, 20%, said that they have lied to their boss about after work drinking sessions, instead claiming a quite night in front of the Television. A further 16% said that hid the fact that they enjoyed an occasional flutter, 9% admitted to having secretly dated a work colleague and 6% lied when they had been arrested or lost their driving licenses.

However, when it came to the gender divide it seems that what's good for the gander is not good for the goose. Of those male employees who enjoyed flutter, 92% of men said that they would tell their boss about the previous night's wager on a football match, online casino or poker game, yet 38% thought that if a female colleague admitted that she regularly enjoyed a bet, it would probably be frowned upon. Likewise, of the 17% of women who admitted to enjoying the occasional wager, they said that they would not tell their boss.

'Until recently, traditional gaming environments such as casinos and betting shops were seen as predominantly male environments. However the Internet has opened up gaming to a female audience. Despite this, our views and attitudes to women gamblers remain firmly in the past,' says Brian Morgan, Managing Director of

'As Briton work harder, on average 8 hours more a week than their European counterparts, personal and professional lives are beginning to blur. But in order to create an honest and open working environment, we need to drag our views and perceptions into the 21st century,' continued Morgan.

The research also found that on the other side of the coin, 93% of women said they would feel comfortable telling their boss that they were dating a work colleague. Yet only 82% of men felt that they could be open about such a relationship. is one of the few online gaming websites that supports GamCare's approach to responsible gaming in the UK. Members of can set a risk limit to ensure that they don't exceed that amount. The site offers 19 exciting and unique games for cash or just for fun. is recognised as one of the Top 20 gambling sites in the UK, attracting over 100,000 members to its site every month.

Source: Nielsen//NetRatings

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