A number of recent developments have sparked a thought-provoking debate in the UK gaming industry about the threat posed by the black market.
On the one hand, the Gambling Commission, along with activists and charities, has argued that the threat posed by black market operators has been exaggerated by British operators.
However, the Betting and Gambling Council has gone to extra lengths to highlight the difference between safe, regulated operators and illegal businesses.
Gambling Insider decided to ask the question to our readers on social media.
A majority of voters on LinkedIn voted for the industry.
When asked "Is the black market betting threat legitimate or has the industry exaggerated it?" out of 147 voters 67% ticked that "It's Legitimate" Option (99).
A total of 48 people checked the box "It is being exaggerated by the operators" which constituted 33% by LinkedIn voters.
On Twitter, the results were slightly different (although the total number of votes was lower).
Out of 40 votes, 22 voted in favor of the option, which suggests the threat is exaggerated (55%) and 18 voted that the threat is legitimate (45%).
These early results show that opinion is divided, but overall more readers are on the side of industry warnings about the black market.