617 million euros is the turnover corresponding to gambling in the second quarter of 2021. The amount has never been higher since the launch of online games in 2010. Sports betting is experiencing rapid growth, according to a study conducted by the National Gaming Authority. Zoom online poker or horse betting, the French favorite sin.
The gambling practice increased 35% from last year to reach more than 3 million players in the first three months of 2021, while ANJ broke a record 617 million euros in the second quarter. A level of sales has never been equal since the first online game launched in 2010. Among the various sectors of online gambling, sports betting is unsurprisingly the most successful. Indeed, the sports calendar has recently become particularly attractive with Euro football and the Grand Slam at Roland Garros, attracting more fans than ever before and new players eager to win the jackpot. It is also interesting to note that the online gaming market registered about 260,000 additional players compared to the first quarter.
If the number of players increases, the stakes increase even more. Thus, the National Gaming Authority observed a 79% increase in sports betting, reaching €2.1 billion. The increase in the shares in the horse racing industry, which has a market of 481 million euros, is also significant, that is, an increase of 60%. Poker also enjoyed its heyday in a period of confinement before stabilizing for a 9% evolution with a market of 120 million euros in 2021.
Sports betting is the most successful online gambling game with the French. Supported by various sports competitions and championships, the turnover reached 420 million Euros in the second quarter, a level that could not be reached in any quarter. This is a figure that can be explained by major sporting events that left their mark on our year, such as the European football tournament or the Grand Slam in tennis.
Players can place bets whenever they want and on any sport: rugby, volleyball, boxing, basketball, hockey or cross country skiing. For example, in Belgium, sports and gambling enthusiasts rely on Belgian sports betting solutions such as Bet777. They offer a large catalog of sports you can bet on, including e-sports (video game tournaments).
Sports betting is particularly attractive as it involves a lot of emotions. Fear, joy, adrenaline, everyone bets to see their favorite player win thanks to him and win the jackpot thanks to him. Plus, no special knowledge is required to embark on a sports betting adventure. While professionals try to collect future winners, amateurs prefer to bet on their favorite player just for fun. Regardless, betting money in sports betting should remain a pastime, players should pay attention to the phenomenon of addiction.
ANJ conducted a comparative study to update different profiles of gambling. Here’s what the study found:
- Men represent the vast majority of gamblers regardless of the money game. However, sports betting is the game most used by men, representing 91% of players in Q2.
- The median age of players varies by gaming industry, being around 30 years old in sports betting and poker and around 48 in horse racing betting.
- Most bets are under 30 euros.
- Regarding gaming media, 90% of sports bettors use their smartphones, and horse racing betting and online poker players use the phone as much as a computer.