Commission stats reveal true state of the industry

Coinslot International Gambling Commission chief industry strategy
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The Gambling Commission delivers its summary of statistics for the broader industry.


This Industry Statistics document provides a half-year update to the regular analysis of the Gross Gambling Yield (GGY) in Great Britain, which this time totals £13.8bn. This is the total figure reported by operators who are licensed and regulated by the Gambling Commission. Aggregated information is presented by sector and also includes information about gaming machines and social responsibility. The gambling industry demonstrates continued growth in most areas with the exception of bingo and the National Lottery.

Remote gambling (mostly online) is the largest sector and has been regulated by point of consumption in Great Britain since November 2014. This sector constitutes 32 percent of the overall market and £4.5bn GGY. Within the remote sector, casino games have generated the highest turnover and £2.4bn in GGY, predominantly through slots games (£1.6bn). GGY for remote betting, including betting exchanges and pool betting, totals £1.9bn and is dominated by football and horses.

The National Lottery and non-remote betting continue to represent two of the other largest sectors. National Lottery sales were £7.4bn for the period October 2015 to September 2016 (a 3 percent decrease compared to the year prior) while returns to good causes were £1.7bn (6 percent lower than in the previous 12 month period). We continue to work with Camelot to maximise the returns to good causes.

In terms of non-remote, the betting sector (including machines) has grown slightly, accounting for £3.4bn GGY. Before machines revenues are included, betting GGY increased slightly to £1.6bn, driven by off-course ‘other’ (including non-sporting events such as the Brexit vote). On-course racing continues to decline, now constituting £26m GGY. Pool betting has increased by 6 percent to £134.2m, with an increase in horses more than counteracting the continued decline in football. Machines have increased their percentage share of betting GGY relative to overthe- counter GGY; currently representing 56 percent of the total with £1.8bn. Total betting premises have again decreased to 8,788, falling by 1 percent in each of the last three periods covered.

Bingo games GGY has decreased slightly to £371.6m, matched by a similar decrease in bingo machines GGY to £310.7m (the first decrease since 2010). The number of bingo premises continued its decrease shown in our last publication, down to 583.

The previous reduction in casino games GGY has been dramatically reversed, increasing by 23 percent to £987.7. This is driven by punto banco, up from £23.3m, (the lowest reported GGY to date) to £213.6m. In contrast, blackjack has seen another decrease from £203.7m to £187.6m. Electronic gaming, a growth area within casinos, has increased again and currently stands at £166.1m.

Adult Gaming Centres show a slight increase in GGY, now reporting £346.7m, up from £340.4m last time. Increases can be seen in Category B3 and Category C machines. Licensed Family Entertainment Centres demonstrate a continuing decrease since 2014/15, now reporting a GGY of £65.9m. This data does not include Unlicensed Family Entertainment Centres which operate using a permit from the local authority.

Large society lotteries, historically the smallest market share, have seen a GGY equivalent increase to £404.2m, a growth of 8 percent; with balance to good causes at £231.8m, the highest reported to date and up 9 percent on the previous year.

The overall number of gaming machines across the industry decreased slightly to 176,410, but with a continued increase in machine GGY in all sectors, except bingo, and in most machine categories except for B4 and D. Betting shops continue to generate the highest machines GGY at £1.8bn. Across all sectors, B2 machines have generated £1.8bn GGY. This report reflects headline findings that describe the current gambling market and is accompanied by a detailed data file.

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