UK Gambling Data Fuels High-Roller Controversies

Newly-released UK Gambling Commission data suggests that some online gambling operators rely almost entirely on small groups of high-rollers, as controversies about VIP treatment of gamblers rumble on.

An internal slides presentation included a chart that said one operator got 83 percent of deposits from 2 percent of its customers, while another got 58 percent of deposits from 5 percent of its customers.

About 8 percent of the country's estimated 47,000 VIPs are believed to be problem gamblers, or more than 11 times the rate of the total public, according to the Guardian newspaper, which obtained the data through a freedom of information request.

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