Spanish Gamblers Bet Big in 2020
The Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego (DGOJ), Spain’s national gambling regulator, has reported a 13.8% year-on-year rise in online gross gambling revenue (GGR) for 2020, despite a fall in sports betting revenue.
The year’s GGR was €850.7 million, up from €748.1 million in 2019. Sports betting was operators’ primary source of GGR, despite it falling 7.1% year-on-year to €365.1 million. Casino GGR rose 33.7% to €350.8 million, while poker GGR was up 35.8% to €110.3 million, bingo GGR was up 40.8% to €16.5 million and contests revenue was up a massive 185.7% to €8 million.
Players spent a total of €21.6 billion on online gambling, up 15% from €18.78 billion in 2019. There was also an increase in active accounts of 16% to 2.9 million and there were 1.5 million active players, up 8.8%.
The regulator also reported that operators increased their marketing spending 24.2% to €462.1 million. They spent €199.7 million on advertising, spending on promotions was €197.3 million, affiliate costs were €38.5 million and sponsorship was €26.6 million.
At the same time, the DGOJ published figures for the fourth quarter, which saw GGR of €231.2 million, 20% higher than the previous quarter. Most revenue came from sports betting, with GGR of €1.3.5 million, which was 44.8% of the quarter’s total GGR.
Sports betting was followed by casino with GGR of €97.8 million, while poker brought in €24.9 million, bingo €3.9 million, and contests €1.1 million.
Stakes amounted to €6.65 billion, with the most on casinos at €3.43 billion, followed by sports betting at €2.5 billion. During the quarter, customers deposited a total of €1.97 billion with operators, an increase of 31.8% year-on-year.
Players also withdrew more, €840.7 million was withdrawn, 32.6% higher than in the same period in 2019. The monthly average for active game accounts was up 8.1% to 1,051,139, and the monthly average of new game accounts increased by 18.9% to 391,510.
By the end of the quarter, Spain had a total of 80 licensed operators, including 51 that offered casino, 46 sports betting, 9 poker, 3 bingo, and 2 contests.