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Statistics and research release

Gambling business data on gambling during Covid-19 March 2022 (published May 2022)

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

Summary

Additional data sets in this series

Details

The full dataset from the earlier months of the pandemic is available in the Excel document.

This data should not be compared with data from industry statistics1.

Online operator data

The following data tables cover online gambling activity2.

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.

October 2021November 2021December 2021January 2022February 2022March 2022Change from Q3 to Q4 2021/22
Slots3,219,5253,190,7573,423,1403,414,6833,258,9323,617,7485%
Other gaming (incl. casino)2,263,1872,211,8772,401,3912,394,2421,964,6372,139,547-5%
Betting (Real event)4,923,9364,699,4344,881,4974,747,6704,982,1256,383,18011%
Betting (Virtual)251,537230,137244,864268,375274,853232,7507%
Poker262,251248,470273,112277,591235,188238,449-4%

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.

October 2021November 2021December 2021January 2022February 2022March 2022Change from Q3 to Q4 2021/22
Slots6,120,476,6865,672,738,7106,412,977,2185,993,785,2625,559,170,1466,335,802,951-2%
Other gaming (incl. casino)335,585,894300,142,049324,600,766316,338,203282,165,475319,148,775-4%
Betting (Real event)275,480,062249,659,453259,128,098247,589,560248,008,812323,198,9824%
Betting (Virtual)13,627,72612,846,30614,436,74513,063,04511,671,96912,881,152-8%
Poker80,664,45379,780,50684,190,43293,285,16077,028,05776,253,821-1%

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.

October 2021November 2021December 2021January 2022February 2022March 2022Change from Q3 to Q4 2021/22
Average session length (minutes)1919181818180
Sessions >1hr2,762,3972,541,3102,836,8132,686,7552,501,5112,775,805-2%
Total number of sessions37,187,66635,499,03041,527,21638,794,99736,778,14341,809,0913%

Table 4: Gross Gambling Yield3

October 2021November 2021December 2021January 2022February 2022March 2022Change from Q3 to Q4 2021/22
Slots£189,963,814£177,900,355£200,186,689£179,603,719£168,278,922£192,869,313-5%
Other gaming (incl. casino)£58,639,978£51,959,821£62,707,725£55,887,602£48,529,497£54,246,227-8%
Betting (Real event)£94,197,386£224,459,234£141,985,160£212,473,664£176,200,047£104,557,5357%
Betting (Virtual)£5,819,079£5,311,675£6,125,645£4,779,777£4,099,134£3,537,267-28%
Betting (eSports)£1,061,177£780,976£1,531,662£1,258,557£784,399£56,001-38%
Poker£6,563,409£6,348,420£6,962,644£7,244,999£5,914,220£6,203,489-3%
Other£1,177,844£1,023,542£996,520£1,119,522£1,194,192£1,428,13017%

Licensed betting operator data

Please be mindful of the minor restrictions that were in place in Q3 as a result of the Omicron variant.

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.

October 2021November 2021December 2021January 2022February 2022March 2022Change from Q3 to Q4 2021/22
Over the counter53,071,00247,230,76845,680,02947,744,06644,438,33852,059,741-1%
SSBT10,035,8199,168,7598,937,9549,244,3629,358,6879,910,7461%
Machines1,094,992,3851,052,680,332996,137,836983,268,106966,404,8291,113,423,655-3%

Table 6: GGY

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

October 2021November 2021December 2021January 2022February 2022March 2022Change from Q3 to Q4 2021/22
Over the counter£61,129,368£54,679,516£50,613,89761,667,99957,800,60656,692,8686%
SSBT£18,481,765£37,635,859£26,694,523£37,667,170£32,459,517£27,838,95818%
Machines£99,266,591£94,779,707£90,080,535£89,022,863£87,566,245£101,101,948-2%

Table 7: Machine sessions

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

October 2021November 2021December 2021January 2022February 2022March 2022Change from Q3 to Q4 2021/22
Total number of sessions8,551,2228,174,5437,807,4187,610,2947,465,7928,636,242-3%
Number of sessions >1hr 242,120235,022221,712220,001210,946239,685-4%

Notes

1This data may include free bets and bonuses.

2Changes in data could be due to a variety of factors.

3This 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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