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Gambling business data on gambling during Covid-19 [Updated October 2020]

Data tables for operator data[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

% change from July 2020 to August 2020

Slots

2,095,824

2,618,165

2,559,242

2,443,130

2,458,305

2,473,813

2,421,090

-2%

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

-5%

Betting (Real event)

5,200,165

4,635,552

2,073,998

2,237,619

4,041,427

 

4,193,052

 

3,788,158

-10%

Betting (Virtual)

206,664

388,786

558,067

287,777

244,219

224,054

203,565

-9%

Poker

266,294

408,316

626,304

557,317

418,260

350,541

314,315

-10%

 

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

% change from July 2020 to August 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

-1%

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

-10%

Betting (Real event)

276,386,174

191,807,193

78,101,454

104,043,293

255,476,612

267,219,421

235,869,169

-12%

Betting (Virtual)

14,813,552

20,758,180

28,493,528

24,397,134

19,383,209

16,784,887

14,851,336

-12%

Poker

96,202,170

133,078,469

226,548,896

202,073,092

138,712,018

108,472,238

100,713,906

-7%

 

Table 3: Session length

Data from the biggest operators, covering approximately 80% of the online gambling market showing average 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

Change from July 2020 to August 2020

Av. session length (minutes)

26

22

22

22

21

21

21

0

Sessions >1hr

1,573,926

1,923,646

2,274,521

2,327,818

2,215,931

2,181,919

2,030,110

-7%

 

Table 4: Gross Gambling Yield[1]

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

% change from July 2020 to August 2020

Slots

£162,345,550

£186,659,624

£169,033,423

£184,276,776

£166,468,891

£162,877,179

£164,133,547

1%

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

-10%

Betting (Real Event)

£85,516,233

£160,950,242

£61,938,466

£101,352,941

£217,468,648

£209,302,808

£164,416,560

-21%

Betting (Virtual)

£6,618,687

£9,063,796

£12,818,108

£11,276,994

£9,560,200

 

£7,963,419

 

£6,682,074

-16%

Betting (eSports)

£50,223

£1,517,548

£3,393,637

£4,616,610

£3,472,951

 

£2,591,106

 

£1,826,930

-29%

Poker

£8,070,102

£12,069,504

£20,068,939

£18,335,269

£11,675,197

 

£9,023,180

 

£8,345,509

-8%

Other

£4,965,236

£4,684,760

£1,783,987

£1,815,272

£1,760,994

 

£1,351,716

 

£1,232,589

-9%

Licensed betting operator data

Absolute values are not directly comparable between these periods for several reasons including:

  • Retail not in operation for a full month in March and June
  • Phased openings; times and premises
  • Local restrictions
  • Impact of restrictions on other retail gambling sectors

Please be mindful of the date ranges in the tables below, where the 2020 periods cover a different number of days each time to reflect times premises were open.

Table 5: Number of bets/spins

Data from the biggest operators, covering approximately 85% of the retail betting market showing the number of bets/slips across available products.

 

15-30 June 2019

1-20 March 2020

15-30 June 2020

1-31 July 2020

 

1-31 August 2020

% change from July 2020 to August 2020

Over the counter

35,272,619

37,441,423

15,475,557

57,115,911

59,884,966

5%

SSBT

3,887,440

5,604,738

2,630,472

7,155,888

7,194,518

1%

Machines

627,616,390

771,662,386

490,568,791

981,232,162

958,046,182

-2%

 

Table 6: GGY

Data from the biggest operators, covering approximately 85% of the retail betting market showing GGY across available products.

 

15-30 June 2019

1-20 March 2020

15-30 June 2020

1-31 July 2020

 

1-31 August 2020

% change from July 2020 to August 2020

Over the counter

£45,627,400

£48,830,471

£21,458,870

£62,491,387

£71,204,098

14%

SSBT

£9,531,445

£15,971,095

£9,632,832

£23,150,370

£16,368,805

-29%

Machines

£45,067,634

£59,453,732

£41,571,866

£81,635,461

£79,939,968

-2%

 

Table 7: Machine sessions

Data from the biggest operators, covering approximately 85% of the retail betting market showing machines data.

 

15-30 June 2019

1-20 March 2020

15-30 June 2020

1-31 July 2020

 

1-31 August 2020

% change from July 2020 to August 2020

Total number of sessions

5,915,334

6,815,675

3,462,297

7,762,246

7,670,923

-1%

# sessions >1hr

160,694

168,911

121,497

247,394

223,118

-10%

 


[1] 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.