Survey results released this week by the UK Gambling Commission reveal a small rise in gambling participation levels, with 56 per cent of respondents having participated in at least one form of gambling in the previous four weeks, up from 55 per cent of respondents in March 2013.

Land-based gambling continues to account for the lion's share of activity, with 71 per cent of those gambling in the past four weeks doing so offline, while 16 per cent of respondents said that they gambled online, up from 15 per cent a year ago.

Excluding people who only play the National Lottery online, other forms of online gambling participation falls to 10 per cent versus 9 per cent a year ago.

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