The UK Gambling Commission has issued the data regarding the gambling yield of April 2021. According to the data, the operators managed to generate a gross gambling yield of £560.2m in April of 2021. It represents a 2.6% increase from the previous month. The commission compiled the figures through data from the operators, representing 80% of the UK Online Gambling market. The commission has reported more than a 1-year worth of data. Although, it has stated that year-on-year figures should not be compared, as there are different operating circumstances.
UK Online Gambling Revenue Figures by the UKGC
According to the figures, the overall revenue was the 2nd-highest since the UKGC started publishing its data on a monthly basis since December of 2020. The regulator also stated that the Grand National had a massive effect on the increase of the revenue. It was not only the Grand National, as other horse racing events also contributed. The GGR from real event wagering increased by 7% in March to reach a staggering £267.4m.
As for the GGR of online UK gambling casino games as well slots declined by a little less than 0.5 percent to reach £71.0m and £202.0m, respectively. The small decline in the GGR of slots comes after a record high that happened to the revenue in March. As for poker and virtual betting, they both saw a decrease of 9.1% and 8.9% to reach £8.4m and £7.6m respectively. eSports, on the other hand, witnessed an increase of 2.7% to reach £1.9m.
UK Online Gambling Active Player Numbers and Number of Bets
Real Events UK online gambling was the one single sector to witness an increase of active players for the period between March and April. The number of active players increased to 6.7m, which is a 12% increase. The number of active players for slots and casino games decreased by one percent to reach 3.2m and 2.2m, respectively, while virtual betting decreased 5% to reach 256,233. The UK online gambling sector that witnesses the most significant drop was poker. It saw an 11% decrease to reach 300,520 players.
As for the number of placed bets, they have decreased across all sectors of UK online gambling. Slots decreased by 1% to reach 6.1 billion. Real event wagers dropped to 344.3m, and virtual bets went down by 7.2% to reach 17.1m. Poker wagers witnessed the most significant dip and fell by 19.1% to reach 94.7m.
UK Bookmakers Donate Profits from Britannia Stakes
In other news, we step away from the UK online gambling scene to the horse racing sector. A group of some of the leading bookmakers agreed to donate all of their profits from the Britannia Stakes racing event. They are going to donate it to a number of charities. These bookmakers include Flutter Entertainment, bet365, William Hill, Kindred, Entain, Rank Group, the Tote, and Betway, among others. The proceeds are going to be split between Care Radio, 3 Armed Forces charities, Marie Curie, Prostate Cancer UK, and more.