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A nation of gamblers - but we would risk more for love than money


An Opera North survey of gambling habits has found that men are four times more likely than women to risk breaking up with their spouse or partner in order to increase their chances of winning big.

Men are also more likely than women to risk their finances at the gambling table, with 28% of male respondents saying they would gamble their savings for a chance at hitting the jackpot.

The survey found that men are more regular risk-takers than women, with 59% of men gambling at least once a month. In comparison, only 19% of women gamble on a monthly basis, while 48% of women gamble only once a year and 21% of women have never gambled.

90% of all surveyed said that they had taken part in some form of gambling. The most popular way of playing the odds is the National Lottery, which 79% had played. Other popular methods of gambling among men include card games and placing bets on the Grand National, whereas women are more likely to gamble on scratch cards and arcade machines.

However, despite the high levels of gambling uncovered by the survey, 93% of people said that they would take higher risks to succeed in love than they would for money.

Opera North undertook the lighthearted survey to mark the opening of the Company’s new production of The Queen of Spades, which tells the tale of an army officer, Herman, who becomes obsessed with gambling at the expense of the woman he loves.

The Queen of Spades opens at Leeds Grand Theatre on Thursday 20 October and runs until October 28, before touring to the Theatre Royal in Nottingham (4 November), Theatre Royal Newcastle (11 November), The Lowry, Salford Quays (18 November) and the Barbican, London (22, 24 November).

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