This infographic highlights interesting results and recent trends from the Gambling Commission’s quarterly telephone survey on gambling participation. The Problem Gambling Severity Index (PGSI) mini-screen is conducted as part of the survey and the results provide insight into the risks to gamblers in Great Britain.
Danske Spil, the Danish National Lottery, reported that gross gambling revenue (GGR) has largely remained steady year-on-year as positive and negative trends intersect.
The lottery received DKK2.35bn (£271m/$317m/€316m) total GGR in the first six months of 2022, which results in an after-tax revenue of DKK796m.
This result is largely similar to the total which the lottery achieved in the first half of 2021; with the lottery receiving DKK11m less in GGR in that period. However, after-tax revenue slightly fell by DKK4m.
The small increase in GGR can be explained by the increased popularity of lower-revenue-per-unit games such as lottery draws in tandem with a small decline in sports betting and casino. The decline in sports betting revenue can be attributed, in part, to the 2021 UEFA European Championship football tournament which was delayed a year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, with the games beginning 11 June that year. The fact that 2022’s Fifa World Cup has been delayed until the..
Norwegian regulator Lotteri-og Stiftelsestilsynet has called on monopoly operator Norsk Tipping to reduce the availability and number of casino games on its site, and for the introduction of loss limits for sports betting.
In the regulator’s 2021 annual report, it found that both customer and turnover numbers reached a record high for Norsk Tipping, one of the country’s two monopolies alongside racing operator Norsk Rikstoto.
“There may be several reasons for the growth,” the regulator said. “One of the reasons may be that people through the corona pandemic have had more free time due to restrictions in leisure activities.”
This came despite the operator reducing its monthly loss limit for “high-risk” games from NOK10,000 (£869/€1,037/$1,117) to NOK7,500 in December 2020, before cutting it further, to NOK5,000, in September 2021.
While it noted that this represents a success for channelisation, the regulator added that it had asked the operator to strengthen its player protection ..
French horse racing operator Pari Mutuel Urbain (PMU) has entered Senegal through a partnership with the country’s National Lottery (Lonase).
The omni-channel partnership will allow customers to place bets on horse races offered through PMU, with the same payouts as PMU customers receive in France.
PMU’s betting platform in Senegal will be powered by online sportsbook and technology provider Honoré Gaming, which PMU has extended its existing partnership with.
Honoré Gaming allows operators to target French-speaking countries in Africa through its sportsbook solutions.
“We are delighted to be extending our existing partnership with PMU to facilitate its agreement with Lonase and to allow bettors in Senegal to wager on the same races and with the same payouts as PMU’s players in France,” said Christophe Casavova, chief operating officer at Honoré Gaming.
“Africa is one of the fastest-growing online betting markets in the world and we have helped operators enter French-speaking market..
Greek operator OPAP recorded €1.53bn (£1.28bn/$1.69bn) in revenue in 2021, a 36.2% year-on-year increase, as the acquisition of the remainder of Stoiximan helped the business diversify its operations with greater focus on online betting and gaming.
Breaking down this revenue total by game type, lotteries were the largest contributor, bringing in €549.2m, which was 5.9% more than in 2020.
This was followed by retail betting, which brought in €283.0m, up 5.6%, as pandemic-related restrictions continued to have an impact.
“Our retail business demonstrated high resilience, with recovery ramping up, even though our stores had to suspend operations for several months and adjust to strict healthcare restrictions after reopening,” OPAP chief executive Jan Karas said. “Our comprehensive commercial plan and well-accepted loyalty programs played a key role to this end.”
Online betting, meanwhile, experienced a sharp increase in revenue, by nearly 500% to €238.4m. Similarly, revenue from online..
A survey from the Gambling Commission suggests British attitudes towards gambling are improving for the first time since the survey began, after a long period of worsening public perception.
The statistics come from the Gambling Commission’s quarterly telephone survey, which examines gambling prevalence, attitudes and rates of harm.
The regulator noted that December 2021’s edition, which saw 4,021 people polled, marked the first time in which responses suggested statistically significant year-on-year improvements in attitudes towards gambling since the surveys began in 2016.
However while attitudes softened when compared to December 2020, a majority of the population continued to express anti-gambling sentiments.
For example, in the year to December 2020, 63.4% of respondents said that “gambling should be discouraged”. However, in the 2021 edition, this total had dipped to 58.9%.
Similarly, the portion of the population who agreed that gambling was “dangerous for family life” drop..
Australia’s Tabcorp Holdings reported an increase in revenue for the six months ended 31 December 2021, with its lottery division the standout performer ahead of its demerger from the group.
For the first half of the operator’s financial year, revenue was up 2.2% year-on-year to AU$2.93bn (£1.55bn/€1.86bn/$2.11bn).
The largest contributor to the group total was the Lotteries and Keno division, comprising The Lott and Keno brands. It saw revenue increase 10.9% to AU$1.78bn in spite of keno venues being impacted by Covid-19 trading restrictions. While keno revenue was down 9.8% to AU$119.0m, lottery was up 12.7% to AU$1.67bn across retail and digital channels.
A highly visible retail network – comprising newsagents, petrol stations, kiosks and pharmacies – helped turnover grow 5%, while digital’s share of lottery turnover was up from 32.1% in the prior year to 36.7%.
Game development helped keep jackpot games and Saturday Lotto turnover growing. However, other titles, such as scra..
Sports betting and igaming service provider FSB is to power SZRT Slovakia’s betRing sportsbook, marking the Hungarian national lottery’s first foray into a new market.
The multi-year agreement will see FSB power SZRT Slovakia’s betRing.sk sportsbook. SZRT Slovakia is powered by the Hungarian state lottery Szerencsejáték Zrt (SZRT), its first move outside its local market.
FSB said it views the deal as an opportunity to prove it can deliver a leading product to other state lotteries looking to enter new markets. The company recently appointed Chris Graham as a new lead for B2B global marketing.
“We’re delighted to team up with SZRT Slovakia in this exciting multi-year agreement to become their trusted technology partner,” FSB chief executive David McDowell said. “Winning the highly competitive, multi-vendor tender process for this opportunity is a great testament to our agile tech and growing industry profile.
“It has been extremely gratifying to see the talented and highly motivate..