Spanish Online Gambling Numbers Remain Constant Despite Covid
A new survey into problem gambling has revealed that in 2020, Spain had the joint-lowest rate in Europe and that there was no significant increase in online gambling despite a drop in land-based gambling.
According to the report, just 0.25% of people in Spain are categorized as problem gamblers according to the gambling severity index (PGSI). This means that Spain is tied with Denmark for the lowest rate in Europe.
The survey found that the coronavirus pandemic caused a huge decrease in land-based gambling throughout 2020. There was a drop of 50% to 3.8 million people playing in casinos, bingo halls, gambling lounges, retail betting shops, and on gaming machines, which is about 11% of Spain’s adult population.
However, despite this, there was no equivalent increase in online gambling numbers. The number of people playing remained constant at around 1.5 million. The survey also found that the vast majority of adults in Spain, 80.9%, had taken part in some form of gambling, which was down 4% from the peak in 2013. The survey also reported that the most popular reasons for gambling were entertainment and social interactions.
The grade group Cejuego said that the survey shows that most Spanish adults consider gambling a normal activity.
As in most countries, the lottery was the most popular form of gambling. The Gordo Christmas Lottery was played by 70.8% of the adult population, roughly 24.5 million people. It was followed by the El Niño and La Primitiva lotteries and then ONCE scratch cards.
The report noted that scratch cards were particularly popular amongst younger gamblers, with the majority of players being under 35; however, the number of adults playing them fell from 9.9% to 9.4%.