GAMSTOP’s self-exclusion scheme not working properly to protect people from gambling addiction, analysts say Daniel Williams, CasinoGuardian · September 18, 2020 at 7:42 am Online gambling addiction continues to grow among the most vulnerable members of society, and still, some experts claim that neither the Government nor the gambling regulators are fully aware of its actual scale. The latest data about gambling addiction rates have shown that over 1.5 million British residents gamble through web-based platforms, with football currently being one of the most popular sports to bet on. This figure represents approximately 3.5% of the population and is considered a rate that has been constantly on the rise since it has been registered. However, some analysts believe that it is only the tip of the iceberg and many problem gamblers are actually left unincluded in the statistics. Apart from that, online gambling addiction also includes the obsessive use of video games and other gambling products offered on the Internet.