Italy's gaming regulator revealed this week that the country's gambling industry is surging, bringing in €512 million in revenue during the past month.
In August, Italian gaming firms brought in €512 million, €309.7 million of which came online and €202.3 million coming from land casinos. On the internet side of things, Bet365 was the largest online sportsbetting operator, as it held 39.7% of the market, compared with Eurobet that came in second with 8.7% of revenues. Casino game revenues were up 35%, with Lottomatica being the largest firm at 11.8% share, with Sisal and PokerStars coming in second and third at 8.5% and 7.3% each.
For the poker market, PokerStars had 74.2% of tournament share as well as 50.9% of cash games, although revenues for both sectors was down for the month.
Betting exchanges were up 65.5%, with Betfair claiming a stranglehold on the market with 95% share.
Gaming in Italy has done quite well for the year, as revenues to date are €8.2 million in the country, up 19.3% from the same comparative time in 2015.