October 23, 2023 3 min read


Lottoland Study Unveils Brits Fear Casinos Due to Lack of Game Skills

The study of 2,000 adults found that 29% felt intimidated by casinos due to a lack of understanding about betting games

A recent study, commissioned by Lottoland.co.uk, has revealed that a significant portion of British adults have dabbled in gambling at some point in their lives, yet nearly half of them have never played popular card games like poker or blackjack. 

29% of Brits Cite Knowledge Gaps, Study Finds

The study, conducted on 2,000 adults, uncovered that 29% of respondents felt intimidated by the prospect of stepping into a casino. This intimidation primarily stemmed from a lack of understanding about betting games, deterring 37% of the participants from trying their luck.

Fear of being judged for not knowing the rules of a betting game (19%) and the anxiety of doing ‘the wrong thing’ (23%) were also cited as reasons for their apprehension. As a consequence, 29% expressed a preference for the comfort of online casinos, while only 18% favored physical ones.

The research exposed the gaps in knowledge among British adults. The study found that 23% of participants lacked a basic understanding of slot machines, while the same percentage was clueless about betting on horse racing. Additionally, 30% felt mystified by roulette, and 37% were out of their depth when it came to betting on boxing matches.

Surprisingly, while a large portion admitted their lack of gaming know-how, Brits showcased familiarity with simpler card games. For instance, 62% knew how to play a basic game of snap, and 61% were familiar with Solitaire. However, when confronted with the prospect of learning a new card game, a third expressed dread.

Study Reveals 32% Prefer Games Requiring Skills

Moreover, the study disclosed that 32% of those who had ventured into gambling preferred games that involved an element of skill, indicating a proclivity for strategic betting over chance-based games. Additionally, a whopping 45% of participants expressed a desire to visit iconic casinos like Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, highlighting a latent interest in the world of gambling.

A spokesperson for Lottoland’s casino noted, “It is interesting to see how many people believed they’d be a dab hand at poker if they just gave it a try. And for those who do think they’d have a secret mastery of card games but aren’t quite ready to hit the casinos, then dipping your toe in with an online version can be a great test of your skills.”

Intriguingly, even without experience, 34% believed their ability to remain calm would make them proficient at poker. Furthermore, 19% considered themselves adept at bluffing, a skill valuable in card games. Yet, 28% confessed their shortcomings in ‘reading’ other people, a disadvantage in games like Texas hold ’em.

Despite their hesitations, 23% found watching poker games entertaining, even if they were not card game aficionados themselves, as revealed by OnePoll data.


Silvia has dabbled in all sorts of writing – from content writing for social media to movie scripts. She has a Bachelor's in Screenwriting and experience in marketing and producing documentary films. With her background as a customer support agent within the gambling industry, she brings valuable insight to the Gambling News writers’ team.

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