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More and more UK broadband subscribers are using their web connections for online gambling, new statistics have revealed.

Figures from the Gambling Commission show that 8.6 per cent of Britons placed a bet online during May - up from 7.4 per cent for the year ago period.

The most popular form of remote gambling was found to be playing the National Lottery, while poker sites were revealed to be the second-biggest draw.

The growing popularity of remote gambling was confirmed further by findings that, over the last 12 months, 6.7 per cent of adults have placed a bet online - up from last year's figure of 5.2 per cent.

Men aged 18-34 are the most likely to have gambled online, while the over-65s are the least likely to have placed a bet in this way.

Gambling using a mobile phone and through interactive TV was also shown to be gaining popularity.

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