What Changed in Sports Bettors’ Behavior During Lockdown?

By | March 2, 2021

Two Scottish universities conducted a survey on how the coronavirus-caused lockdown affected the behavior of gamblers who prefer sports betting. What did bettors choose instead of sports during the first wave? The LoginCasino team follows the most interesting betting news, now presenting and explaining the results of the research.

The social department of the University of Glasgow and the University of Stirling did a huge survey on how the sports bettors’ behavior changed during the lockdown. There were 3084 male participants and 782 female ones. The questions were related to the pre-COVID behavior, awareness of gambling advertising and harm, lifestyle experience, as well as other related issues.

One of the most interesting findings was the reduction of activity of sports bettors after their favorite activity was also closed during the first wave. Moreover, about one-third stopped their gambling activity during this period. At the same time, another 31% of the participants stated the higher frequency of betting, while about 17% of the interviewed turned to another gambling form. 

The results in more details

From the total 17.3% of male participants who turned to another engaging activity, 5.4% picked lotteries, while 3.5% chose to wager on virtual sports and races. The diversification of the female priorities was quite different. From the total 16.5% rate, 6.8% of women chose virtual sports wagering, 6.5% prioritized lotteries, while 3.4% preferred bingo.

However, those results should be regarded after taking into account the priorities of the surveyed group before the lockdown, which were the following:

Sports betting (79% for males and 61% for females)
Lotteries (62% for males and 65% for females)
Betting on horse and dog racing (43% for males and 51% for females)
Land-based betting shops (27% for males and 16% for females)

What does all this mean?

According to the researchers, two categories of interviewees fell into the danger zone of potential addicts. One-third of those who started gambling more, and one-sixth of those found another form of gambling during the lack of sports events. Scientists hope those findings will help to make appropriate conclusions for the governors who are now in the active review of the Gambling Act 2005.

Read more: What are the psychological roots of sports betting behavior?

Read more: How to distinguish an active punter from a gambling addict?

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