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Gambling participation in Estonia appears to have peaked, as rates have dropped compared to years past.
A survey was conducted by Estonia's Ministry of Finance and asked 3,000 residents aged 15-74 about their gambling habits. The study found that 50% of residents have gambled over the past two years, which is down from 66% in 2017. Those numbers were reflected in drops on both offline and online betting, with offline participation down from 58% to 41%. Online betting participation came in at 31%, down from 40% in 2017.
Results showed participation dropped among both males and females, but income played more of a role. Those on the lower end of the income spectrum saw participation drop 10%, while higher earners were down 23%. Those aged from 20-29 saw participation drop 20%.
Lottery participation was 25%, while sportsbetting participation was 5%. Casino game participation was at 4%, while poker came in at 3%.
No reason for the fall in gambling was given, but Estonia is considered to have a mature betting market, as they've had regulated online gaming since 2010.