It has been reported that one in five university students are turning to gambling as a way of making money. Furthermore, one in four students would consider taking part in medical trials or the adult entertainment industry.
The student money website Save the Student carried out a survey on over 2,300 students. The findings showed that almost 80% of students are worried about having enough money to live on and claim that their studies and health suffers due to a lack of funds.
A 23 year old economics student at Nottingham University, Thomas, began playing poker when he was 18. He said, “I came to see poker as a part-time job at university. My friends gambled a bit here and there, but mainly for a laugh- their livelihoods were not dependent on it. For me, a session online would last anywhere between 18 and 36 hours and I would do at least five a month.
I spent a lot of my winnings on drinks and bought myself a BMW for my 21. The main thing though is that I can now afford to take a Maths PGCE without having to apply for yet another loan.
While this is obviously good news for the gambling industry, it will undoubtedly raise concerns amongst anti-gambling groups.