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ANJ: Summary of the Online gambling market in 2020: historic performance despite the health crisis

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ANJ: Summary of the Online gambling market for the first quarter of 2021: business continues to grow in all gambling segments
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Ten years after the market was opened in 2010, the year 2020 is a turning point for online gambling, which is becoming a permanent fixture in French people’s lives. Because of the acceleration of the digitisation of gambling practices favoured by the health crisis and the arrival of new players, online sports betting, horse racing and poker have recorded historic performances. The sector’s turnover rose by 22% in 2020 to reach €1.7 billion, its highest level since the opening to competition. This performance contrasts sharply with those of casinos and gambling or betting points of sale, which have been hit hard by the health crisis.

 

Online sports betting: increased recruitment of new players and rising average spend

With an increase in turnover of “only” 7%, the online sports betting market remains by far the dominant activity in the online gambling sector. In 2020, stakes on sports competitions reached €5.3 billion, the highest amount of stakes generated in a year since the opening up to competition in 2010. At the same time, the population of sports bettors continues to grow, with more than one million additional players over the year compared to 2019, representing 4.4 million sports betting players.

After a second quarter in which activity was down (-56% of turnover), the situation of the sports betting market was reversed in the second half of the year with the resumption of sports competitions.

On the other hand, the sports betting segment recorded a pronounced drop in activity at points of sale. The FDJ reports a 10% drop in sports betting stakes across all channels (online and in points of sale).

Bettors’ enthusiasm was focused on major sporting events such as the Champions League in football, which recorded a 65% increase in stakes compared to 2019, or the French Open, which generated €107 million in stakes, the highest amount ever for a Grand Slam tournament.

 

Online horse racing betting: continued growth and record of stakes levels

Online horse racing betting grew strongly, recording a 33% increase over 2019, and totalizing €1.5 billion in stakes, which corresponds to the largest volume of bets placed online over a year. The associated gross gambling revenue grew at a rate close to the stakes (+31%) and set a new historical benchmark (€354m).

This growth is being driven by the recruitment of new players (+5% of players in 2020), which undoubtedly reflects the transfer of a certain number of players who used to bet at points of sale to online horse racing betting.

PMU, whose point-of-sale games generally account for almost 90% of its domestic results, has reported a 15% loss of turnover in this channel.

 

Online poker: a windfall effect of lockdowns that seems to last

Online poker turnover for this year leapt by to €446 million (+64% on 2019), which is a new record-breaking activity erasing the previous benchmark of 2011, the first full year of the market opening.

The lockdowns measures (and more particularly those relating to the first lockdown) have indeed led to a renewed interest in poker. Online poker benefits from the significant recruitment of new players in 2020, which it intends to capitalise on, through loyalty actions, in order to maintain a high level of activity for the coming year. However, this attractiveness does not seem to have been accompanied by an uncontrolled increase in excessive gambling insofar as the average expenditure per player increased by “only” 7% in 2020.

Synthesis of 2020 activity data

 
Q4 2019
Q4 2020
Variation
2019
2020
Variation
Sports betting
Actives player accounts
1 917 000
2 402 000
+ 25%
3 443 000
4 478 000
+ 30%
Bets
1 500 m€
2 004 m€
+ 34%
5 056 m€
5 352 m€
+ 6%
Gross Gambling Revenue
230 m€
356 m€
+ 55%
880 m€
940 m€
+ 7%
Horse racing betting
 
 
 
 
 
 
Actives player accounts
333 000
388 000
+ 16%
599 000
628 000
+ 5%
Bets 
294 m€
448 m€
+ 53%
1 106 m€
1 473 m€
+ 33%
Gross Gambling Revenue
72 m€
105 m€
+ 47%
271 m€
354 m€
+ 31%
Poker
 
 
 
 
 
 
Actives player accounts
709 000
991 000
+ 40%
1 199 000
1 840 000
+ 53%
Gross Gambling Revenue
76 m€
117 m€
+ 54%
272 m€
446 m€
+ 64%
TOTAL
 
 
 
 
 
 
Actives player accounts
2 436 000
3 037 000
+ 25%
4 174 000
4 891 000
+ 17%
Gross Gambling Revenue
377 m€
578 m€
+ 53%
1 423 m€
1 740 m€
+ 22%

 

10 years after the opening up to competition, what has been achieved?

Ten years after the opening up of the online gambling market to competition, the sector of activity, driven by a dynamic and continuous growth, now represents around 17% of the total market turnover, compared to 7% in 2011. In total, the number of players has more than doubled between 2011 and 2020 while the Gross Gambling Revenue has almost tripled over the period, propelled by sports betting (+717%), the growth of poker (+42%) and horse betting (+46%).

The year 2020 seems to represent a turning point for the online gambling sector, which is no longer marginal and is driven by a rapid dynamic.

For Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, Chairwoman of the ANJ: “The good health of the online gambling sector, due in particular to the massive arrival of new players in sports betting and poker, means that operators must step up their initiatives to prevent problem gambling and protect minors. In line with the new obligations that came into force in 2020, they must better identify and assist at-risk players, provide tools for moderating play time or betting and ensure responsible promotional strategies. More than ever, and with major sporting events approaching before the summer, promoting recreational gambling must be a priority shared by all. “

 

Methodological reminder

This quarterly report was compiled on the basis of data transmitted by licensed online gambling and betting operators on a weekly or quarterly basis. The ANJ’s communications take into account statistical confidentiality. It may not publish information relating to the activity of the monopoly markets (FDJ and PMU) other than that already disclosed by the operators under exclusive rights.

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Stats Perform co-founder launches social gaming disruptor PickGuru with £2.6m investment round back by leading angels including Paddy Power.

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PickGuru, a brand new social gaming platform, has secured £2.6m in seed funding in their quest to revolutionise the interaction between real-money wagering and live sport. The new platform will allow friends and fans to challenge each other in a wide variety of exciting sports prediction games.

With a concept built and refined by some of the most successful sports entrepreneurs in the UK, PickGuru will allow users to test their knowledge to win big cash pots for small stakes in nationwide leagues or compete with their friends in mini-leagues. Powered by seamless real-time data feeds, PickGuru leaderboards will update dynamically as games progress and reward successful sports gurus with cash prizes.

The funding round will be used to launch and scale PickGuru, set for early 2022.

PickGuru is headed by an experienced founding team including Oliver Slipper (co-founder of Stats Perform/DAZN), Paul Cobley (founder of Matulo Software), Paul Watkins (ex-FP&A director at Stats Perform/DAZN, ex-finance director at Sportquake), Jon Owen and Jon Youell (founders of Pitch International) and Adam Perrin (co-founder of Masomo Games, ex-brand director at Paddy Power).

What began as a competition amongst friends is now set to change the way fans interact with live sports forever. As told by PickGuru’s founders, the platform’s origins started as a manual spreadsheet-based tipping competition which was shared with friends and colleagues during the 2020 Masters tournament. After the game spread across the UK and became a viral sensation, the idea for a new and innovative platform to bring sports fanatics together was born.

PickGuru, is currently looking to fill 10 roles across development, compliance and marketing with a view to recruit a further 20 roles over the next 12 months.

Speaking about the latest fund raise, Oliver Slipper, chairman and co-founder of PickGuru, said: “I certainly didn’t expect things to take off less than a year after sending out a simple game to friends but the massive popularity of it convinced me that I was onto something.

“Following months of hard graft and huge investment, we’re proud to be building the first UK-focused platform that uniquely combines elements of fantasy sports, gaming and live action, and strongly believe users will love the result.”

He continued: “I’m delighted that some of the most successful sports entrepreneurs shared our vision and I thank them for backing our ambitious plans for the business.”

Following a £6m pre-money valuation, PickGuru brought together a list of angel investors including Paddy Power (ex-communications director, Paddy Power), Simon Wear (founder and chairman of Global Cycling Network), Oliver and Alexander Kent-Braham (founders of recent unicorn, Marshmallow) and Will Neale (founder of Grabyo).

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Best sites for testing casinos for free

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When you’re buying a new car, you more often than not want to go for a test drive before making the final decision. Similarly, it’s understandable if you hesitate to spend real money at a casino you have never used before. That’s why it’s always a good idea to try casinos out for free. 

Another valid reason to do that is if you want to experience the thrill of gambling without spending heaps of money. In this article, we will tell you how to try out casinos for free and what are the best sites for doing that. 

How To Test Casinos For Free

There are two ways you can get a glimpse of the casino experience without paying a single penny and then make a decision whether you want to play for real money. 

You can peruse the game selection of an online casino and try out different aspects of the site without signing up. Many casinos allow you to play a wide selection of slot or table games without making an account and play the demo versions without making a real money bet. In addition, you can chat up with the support and see if they are quick, polite and do you enjoy your experience.

It’s easy and convenient because you do not have to create an account. However, the main drawback of this method is that it doesn’t really give you the full user experience of casinos – many games do not support demo play, and you cannot test many user-only features. 

That’s why the best way to try out a casino is by using a no deposit bonus. Upon signing up, these offers will give you either free funds to play casino games for free, for free spins at the most popular slot machines – sometimes even both. 

The biggest drawback of this method is that few casinos offer no deposit bonuses in comparison to those that require deposits. The best way to find a no deposit bonus offer is by using a site like Freespinsbonus24.

What Is A No Deposit Bonus

Bonuses make gambling easier. While this statement is true for all bonus types, it is particularly true for the no deposit bonus. While other kinds of bonuses more often than not require you to meet a certain deposit requirement to claim and use them, no deposit bonus, as the name implies, can be used without any payment. Just claim the offer and start playing!

That being said, just like most casino bonuses, no deposit bonuses have certain terms and conditions, such as wagering requirements. That’s why it’s a good idea to thoroughly read the T&Cs before claiming the bonus. 

By using a no deposit bonus, you can either get a set amount of bonus cash that you can spend at various casino games or a large number of free spins that let you have a go at slot machines for free. 

Free Spins Bonus

One of the most sought-after risk-free online casino bonuses is the free spins bonus. This bonus is mostly focused on slots and will allow you to play some of the biggest slot titles for free. If you are worried about the effect the bonus will have on the game quality, relax, you have nothing to worry about. The game will treat your free spin exactly the same as a real money spin.

Perfect for new players who are still learning the ropes of slot gaming, free spins will help you understand how the game works and try out its gameplay and features without any risk. It’s also a great way to try out brand new slots that just have arrived. All in all, this bonus is a must-have for all players who want to make real money while gambling at no cost.

Where To Find No Deposit Bonuses?

Free spins no deposit bonus is the best way to test out a casino, and Freespinsbonus24 is a great place to find all the best offers. It lists casinos that offer no deposit free spins or regular no deposit bonuses in a convenient place, with all the information about the casino you need. This site also does casino reviews, so you can learn all you need to know before signing up. 

Conclusion

If you want to try out an unfamiliar casino and see if you like it, there are two very good ways to do that. One way is playing demo games without signing up, and the other one is claiming a no deposit bonus. 

It’s a great and lucrative way to try out casinos for free and maybe get some wins, but finding a good no deposit offer is hard. That’s why using a site that finds the best no deposit bonus offers for you is a great idea. 

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PLANETPAY365 BECOMES AS ROMA NEWEST OFFICIAL PARTNER!

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AS Roma is pleased to announce a new partnership with PlanetPay365, the multi-service platform owned by Planet Entertainment, the SKS365 division for value added services.

The brand will support the club throughout the 2021-22 season, enabling all Giallorossi supporters to benefit from the wide range of products on offer.

As an Official Partner, PlanetPay365 will be supporting AS Roma at all Serie A and Coppa Italia matches scheduled to take place at the Stadio Olimpico – not only through visibility on the sidelines, but also through various initiatives that Giallorossi fans will be able to take advantage of, involving PlanetPay365’s retail network.

PlanetPay365 will also enjoy visibility on the club’s online channels thanks to digital campaigns developed in collaboration with the club, the two parties working together in order to offer the best of its services to Giallorossi fans, from phone top-ups to the purchase of gift cards and digital content.

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