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UK Gambling Commission Releases 4 Year Snapshot of Gambling Sector

The UK Gambling Commission has released a set of statistics for the country's gambling market, noting some interesting aspects of a growing betting market.

Highlights in the report filed by the UK Gambling Commission were:

  • Only 19 percent of UK online gambling revenue was attributable to UK-licensed operators;

  • Just 15 percent of the market was claimed by UK-licensed operators;

  • The overall UK gambling market (excluding the national lottery) was worth GBP 7.1 billion, an increase of 5 percent over the preceding twelve month period;

  • UK-licensed online gambling operators generated GGY of GBP 1.35 billion, up 27 percent y-o-y; not far off the GBP 1.62 billion generated by betting shop-based FOBTs;

  • 46 percent of the UK market was attributed to land-based betting.

  • Online sport betting market share was up 3 percent y-o-y to 19 percent;

  • Online sports betting GGY rose 35 percent to GBP 1.19 billion with football and tennis the main market drivers;

  • Online casino GGY came in at GBP 24 million, falling by 12 percent, but online bingo GGY was up 79 percent from a low base to GBP 7.7 million;

  • Online player registrations grew 14.5 percent to 5.59 million, and the number of industry people employed to manage them rose 8 percent to 6,285.

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