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Gambling business data on gambling during Covid-19 [Updated February 2021]

As a result of tightening of lockdown restrictions and the furloughing of many staff we did not request data from land-based operators for December and will restart collecting this data when they reopen.

The data tables below cover online gambling activity. [1]

Table 1: Total number of active players per vertical

Data from the biggest operators, covering approximately 80% of the online gambling market showing the number of active players on each vertical.

Note: a player may be active in more than one product, so these columns must not be summarised to give an overall total number of players.

 

March 2019

March 2020

April 2020

May 2020

June 2020

July 2020

August 2020

September 2020

October 2020

November 2020

December 2020

% change from November 2020 to December 2020

Slots

2,095,824

2,618,165

2,559,242

2,443,130

2,458,305

2,473,813

2,421,090

2,574,716

2,777,448

2,810,429

2,975,936

6%

Other gaming (incl. casino)

1,712,986

1,930,885

2,032,685

1,946,024

1,807,668

 

1,790,054

 

1,708,111

1,647,659

1,789,997

1,869,531

2,122,875

14%

Betting (Real event)

5,200,165

4,635,552

2,073,998

2,237,619

4,041,427

 

4,193,052

 

3,788,158

4,315,018

4,616,976

4,804,643

4,955,310

3%

Betting (Virtual)

206,664

388,786

558,067

287,777

244,219

224,054

203,565

204,241

211,144

225,427

246,689

9%

Poker

266,294

408,316

626,304

557,317

418,260

350,541

314,315

295,048

307,644

342,070

338,669

-1%

 

Table 2: Total number of bets placed per vertical

Data from the biggest operators, covering approximately 80% of the online gambling market showing the number of bets placed on each vertical.

 

March 2019

March 2020

April 2020

May 2020

June 2020

July 2020

August 2020

September 2020

October 2020

November 2020

December 2020

% change from November 2020 to December 2020

Slots

3,855,521,261

4,476,762,381

5,169,466,187

5,301,752,620

5,025,562,135

 

4,956,440,942

 

4,910,620,700

4,709,343,031

5,069,280,743

5,246,868,661

5,893,170,607

12%

Other gaming (incl. casino)

250,562,248

257,311,436

322,283,690

314,964,935

282,817,505

 

282,947,938

 

254,131,789

259,889,121

264,673,314

271,828,657

313,175,960

15%

Betting (Real event)

276,386,174

191,807,193

78,101,454

104,043,293

255,476,612

267,219,421

235,869,169

246,623,765

275,974,515

286,115,739

293,042,135

2%

Betting (Virtual)

14,813,552

20,758,180

28,493,528

24,397,134

19,383,209

16,784,887

14,851,336

13,656,558

14,835,492

16,519,741

17,444,643

6%

Poker

96,202,170

133,078,469

226,548,896

202,073,092

138,712,018

108,472,238

100,713,906

87,933,864

95,872,335

106,836,365

110,945,805

4%

 

Table 3: Slots session length

Data from the biggest operators, covering approximately 80% of the online gambling market showing average slots session length in minutes and the number of sessions that lasted an hour or longer.

 

March 2019

March 2020

April 2020

May 2020

June 2020

July 2020

August 2020

September 2020

October 2020

November 2020

December 2020

Change from November 2020 to December 2020

Av. session length (minutes)

26

22

22

22

21

21

21

21

21

22

22

0

Sessions >1hr

1,573,926

1,923,646

2,274,521

2,327,818

2,215,931

2,181,919

2,030,110

1,969,995

2,208,520

2,274,666

2,535,564

11%

 

Table 4: Gross Gambling Yield[2]

Data from the biggest operators, covering approximately 80% of the online gambling market showing the GGY from each vertical.

Note: March data includes the Cheltenham Festival

 

March 2019

March 2020

April 2020

May 2020

June 2020

July 2020

August 2020

September 2020

October 2020

November 2020

December 2020

% change from November 2020 to December 2020

Slots

£162,345,550

£186,659,624

£169,033,423

£184,276,776

£166,468,891

£162,877,179

£164,133,547

£157,426,320

£172,490,166

£176,809,692

£199,747,383

13%

Other gaming (incl. casino)

£60,749,253

£57,829,567

£76,952,429

£77,891,649

£68,527,685

 

£66,048,564

 

£59,502,319

£56,585,051

£62,683,656

£66,449,370

£73,945,196

11%

Betting (Real Event)

£85,516,233

£160,950,242

£61,938,466

£101,352,941

£217,468,648

£209,302,808

£164,416,560

£189,653,997

£290,025,058

£209,232,147

£319,600,149

53%

Betting (Virtual)

£6,618,687

£9,063,796

£12,818,108

£11,276,994

£9,560,200

 

£7,963,419

 

£6,682,074

£6,088,550

£6,621,075

£7,173,437

£7,946,792

11%

Betting (eSports)

£50,223

£1,517,548

£3,393,637

£4,616,610

£3,472,951

 

£2,591,106

 

£1,826,930

£1,310,019

£795,705

£1,414,539

£1,326,568

-6%

Poker

£8,070,102

£12,069,504

£20,068,939

£18,335,269

£11,675,197

 

£9,023,180

 

£8,345,509

£7,898,358

£8,328,587

£9,109,098

£9,371,478

3%

Other

£4,965,236

£4,684,760

£1,783,987

£1,815,272

£1,760,994

 

£1,351,716

 

£1,232,589

£1,366,204

£1,425,285

£1,315,936

£1,706,035

30%

 


[1] Changes in data could be due to a variety of factors impacting the market since Mar 2019.

[2] This should not be directly compared to GGY published in our Industry Statistics because this data is taken from a sample of approximately 80% of the online market.