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Statistics and research release

Gambling business data on gambling during Covid-19 September 2020 (published November 2020)

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

Summary

Details

Data tables for operator data1

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 2019March 2020April 2020May 2020June 2020July 2020August 2020September 2020% change from August 2020 to September 2020
Slots2,095,8242,618,1652,559,2422,443,1302,458,3052,473,8132,421,0902,574,7166%
Other gaming (incl. casino)1,712,9861,930,8852,032,6851,946,0241,807,6681,790,0541,708,1111,647,659-4%
Betting (Real event)5,200,1654,635,5522,073,9982,349,8954,041,4274,193,0523,788,1584,315,01814%
Betting (Virtual)206,664388,786558,067287,777244,219224,054203,565204,2410%
Poker266,294408,316626,304557,317418,260350,541314,315295,048-6%

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 2019March 2020April 2020May 2020June 2020July 2020August 2020September 2020% change from August 2020 to September 2020
Slots3,855,521,2614,476,762,3815,169,466,1875,301,752,6205,025,562,1354,956,440,9424,910,620,7004,709,343,031-4%
Other gaming (incl.casino)250,562,248257,311,436322,283,690314,964,935282,817,505282,947,938254,131,789259,889,1212%
Betting (Real event)276,386,174191,807,19365,052,055104,043,293255,476,612267,219,421235,869,169246,623,7655%
Betting (Virtual)14,813,55220,758,18028,493,52824,397,13419,383,20916,784,88714,851,33613,656,558-8%
Poker96,202,170133,078,469226,548,896202,073,092138,712,018108,472,238100,713,90687,933,864-13%

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 2019March 2020April 2020May 2020June 2020July 2020August 2020September 2020Change from August 2020 to September 2020
Av. session length (minutes)26222222212121210
Sessions >1hr1,573,9261,923,6462,274,5212,327,8182,215,9312,181,9192,030,1101,969,995-3%

Table 4: Gross Gambling Yield1

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 2019March 2020April 2020May 2020June 2020July 2020August 2020September 2020% change from August 2020 to September 2020
Slots£162,345,550£186,659,624£169,033,423£166,468,891£162,877,179£164,133,547£157,426,320-4%
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£56,585,051-5%
Betting (Real event)£85,516,233£160,950,242£61,938,466£101,352,941£217,468,648£209,302,808£164,416,560£189,653,99715%
Betting (Virtual)£6,618,687£9,063,796£12,818,108£11,276,994£9,560,200£7,963,419£6,682,074£6,088,550-9%
Betting (eSports)£50,223£1,517,548£3,393,637£4,616,610£3,472,951£2,591,106£1,826,930£1,310,019-28%
Poker£8,070,102£12,069,504£20,068,939£<18,335,269£11,675,197£9,023,180£8,345,509£7,898,358-5%
Other£4,965,236£4,684,760£1,783,987£1,815,272£1,760,994£1,351,716£1,232,589£1,366,20411%

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 20191-23 March 202015-30 June 20201-31 July 20201-31 August 20201-30 September 2020% change from August 2020 to September 2020
Over the counter35,272,61937,441,42315,475,55757,115,91159,884,96661,896,8813%
SSBT3,887,4405,604,7382,630,4727,155,8887,194,5188,898,01224%
Machines627,616,390771,662,386490,568,791981,232,162958,046,1821,026,461,1117%

Table 6: GGY

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

15-30 June 20191-23 March 202015-30 June 20201-31 July 20201-31 August 20201-30 September 2020% change from August 2020 to September 2020
Over the counter£45,627,400£48,830,471£21,458,870£62,491,387£71,204,098£72,299,7442%
SSBT£9,531,445£15,971,095£9,632,832£23,150,370£16,368,805£27,643,76569%
Machines£45,067,634£59,453,732£41,571,866£81,635,461£79,939,968£86,591,1318%

Table 7: Machine sessions

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

15-30 June 20191-23 March 202015-30 June 20201-31 July 20201-31 August 20201-30 September 2020% change from August 2020 to September 2020
Total number of sessions5,915,3346,815,6753,462,2977,762,2467,670,9238,417,35810%
number of sessions >1hr160,694168,911121,497247,394223,118233,5055%

Notes

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.

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