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Statistics and research release

Gambling business data on gambling during Covid-19 April 2021 (published June 2021)

A collection of data provided by gambling businesses during the coronavirus pandemic.

Summary

Details

Data tables for operator data

As a result of lockdown restrictions and the furloughing of many staff we did not request data from land-based operators for the month of April and will restart collecting this data shortly

Data from the last 6 months can be found on this page. The full online dataset from the earlier months of the pandemic is available in the Excel document.

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.

Nov 2020 Dec 2020 Jan 2021 Feb 2021 Mar 2021 Apr 2021 % change from Mar to Apr 2021
Slots 2,810,429 2,975,936 3,000,939 2,971,058 3,276,184 3,241,249 -1%
Other gaming (incl. casino) 1,869,531 2,122,875 2,131,321 1,943,868 2,194,757 2,175,055 -1%
Betting (Real event) 4,804,643 4,955,310 4,832,868 4,823,408 6,015,626 6,708,655 12%
Betting (Virtual) 225,427 246,689 239,021 227,622 269,984 256,233 -5%
Poker 342,070 338,669 382,261 351,046 338,903 300,520 -11%

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.

Nov 2020 Dec 2020 Jan 2021 Feb 2021 Mar 2021 Apr 2021 % change from Mar to Aprl 2021
Slots 5,246,868,661 5,893,170,607 5,868,553,027 5,504,664,429 6,159,504,899 6,068,410,824 -1%
Other gaming (incl. casino) 271,828,657 313,175,960 313,886,879 279,104,076 305,651,899 295,558,021 -3%
Betting (Real event) 286,115,739 293,042,135 301,081,387 296,906,794 375,179,182 344,317,080 -8%
Betting (Virtual) 16,519,741 17,444,643 17,812,994 16,415,134 18,399,418 17,077,927 -7%
Poker 106,836,365 110,945,805 131,403,728 121,773,855 116,471,757 94,675,061 -19%

Table 3: 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.

Nov 2020 Dec 2020 Jan 2021 Feb 2021Mar 2021 Apr 2021 Change from Mar to Apr 2021
Av. session length (minutes) 22 22 21 22 21 20 -1
Sessions >1hr 2,274,666 2,535,564 2,637,616 2,524,347 2,728,438 2,610,843 -4%

Table 4: Gross Gambling Yield2

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

Note: March data includes the Cheltenham Festival.

Nov 2020 Dec 2020 Jan 2021Feb 2021 Mar 2021 Apr 2021 % change from Mar to Apr 2021
Slots £176,809,692 £199,747,383 £193,887,006 £176,884,970 £202,921,192 £202,022,041 0%
Other gaming (incl. casino) £66,449,370 £73,945,196 £72,726,396 £64,284,074 £71,247,185 £70,950,541 0%
Betting (Real Event) £209,232,147 £319,600,149 £279,753,688 £263,863,756 £250,567,294 £267,393,328 7%
Betting (Virtual) £7,173,437 £7,946,792 £7,894,519 £7,121,871 £8,408,173 £7,621,729 -9%
Betting (eSports) £1,414,539 £1,326,568 £1,688,147 £1,565,682 £1,838,879 £1,902,862 3%
Poker £9,109,098 £9,371,478 £10,614,669 £9,298,371 £9,215,691 £8,390,140 -9%
Other £1,315,936 £1,706,035 £1,747,570 £2,159,197 £2,087,213 £1,993,048 -5%

Notes

1 Changes in data could be due to a variety of factors impacting the market since March 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.

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