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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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After a singular year in 2020, which ended with a 22% increase in the sector’s turnover, the first quarter of 2021 confirms the very dynamic growth of the online gambling market, with a 35% increase in turnover compared to the same period in 2020. Sports and horse racing betting once again recorded record stakes, while poker, still on the rise, began to return to normal.

In the first quarter of 2021, the turnover of the online gambling sector is up 35% and amounts to 587 million euros. The business was driven by 3.1 million players on accounts, a player base that is up 19% compared to 2020. Each segment of online gambling opened to competition have seen further strong growth in activity this quarter. These performances illustrate the acceleration of the digitalisation of gambling practices, which is a consequence of the health crisis and whose structuring character will have to be confirmed over the long term. As such, the levels of growth recorded in the first quarter of 2021, which are measured in relation to the first quarter of 2020, should be viewed with a certain amount of caution since, on the one hand, they are influenced upwards, for the two online betting segments, by the loss of business linked to the suspension of French sports betting and horse racing betting and, on the other hand, they are oriented downwards for the online poker market, due to the peak of business recorded at the same period last year.

 

Online sports betting: record stakes and new players

The online sports betting segment, which was the most affected by the first period of lockdown, is the one that has seen the most spectacular growth in stakes this quarter. 2.2 billion euros (+79%[1] compared to Q1 2020) were approximatively bet by the players on the competitions of the quarter, which corresponds to the highest amount of stakes recorded in a quarter. The number of sports bettors in the quarter increased by 29% to almost 2.5 million active player accounts (APA). It is very likely that the growth in activity will continue at a high rate this year due to the two major competitions, the European football championship and the Summer Olympic Games.

The FDJ reports a volume of sports betting stakes recorded on the two distribution channels equal to 1.1 billion euros in the first quarter of 2021, which corresponds to an increase of 46% compared to its results for the first quarter of 2020.

 

Online horse racing betting: growth continues and expands

The growth dynamic of the online horse racing betting market observed in 2020 is also continuing at a very steady pace. The horse racing stakes, which amount to 481 million euros, increased by 60% compared to the first quarter of 2020, again the highest volume of stakes recorded in a quarter. At the same time, the turnover of the six licensed horse racing betting operators reached 110 million euros, an increase of 48% compared to the first quarter of 2020. Online horse racing betting also recorded a 13% increase in players, with a total of 402,000 active player accounts (APA) over the quarter.

The horse racing betting offer at points of sale remains affected by the health restrictions which, as revealed by PMU, led to the closure of almost 40% of the points of sale for several consecutive months. As a result, the operator posted a 23% drop in stakes placed in its network of sales outlets for a total of 1.3 billion euros.

 

Online poker: lower growth marks the beginning of a return to normality

Online poker, which recorded the highest turnover increase in 2020, continues to grow at a sustained rate but at a lower rate than in previous quarters. Thus, the sector’s turnover grew by 23% to 120 million euros. The number of online poker players grew by 9% (991,000 active player accounts, (APA)). The results of online poker for the next quarter should however interrupt this dynamic, since they will be calculated with regard to the 2nd quarter of 2020, which had shown an exceptional level of activity due to the first lockdown.

 
Q1 2020
Q1 2021
Variation
TOTAL
 
 
Actives player accounts
2 598 000
3 078 000
+ 19%
Gross Gambling Revenue
435 m€
587 m€
+ 35%
Sports betting
Actives player accounts
1 915 000
2 466 000
+ 29%
stakes
1 220 m€
2 181 m€
+ 79%
Gross Gambling Revenue
263 m€
357 m€
+ 36%
Horse racing betting
 
 
Actives player accounts
357 000
402 000
+ 13%
stakes
300 m€
481 m€
+ 60%
Gross Gambling Revenue
74 m€
110 m€
+ 48%
Poker
 
 
Actives player accounts
906 000
991 000
+ 9%
Gross Gambling Revenue
98 m€
120 m€
+ 23%

 

For Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, ANJ’s Chairwoman“The online gambling dynamics goes on and is accelerating this quarter. It calls for a certain vigilance and must be accompanied in order to guarantee the protection of players, especially in the run-up to major sport events such as the EURO football tournament or the Tokyo Olympic Games. As such, the ANJ reminded operators of the need for their commercial communications to emphasise the importance of maintaining a moderate and controlled gambling practice and for bonuses or welcome offers to be sufficiently clear, enabling players to understand the commitments they underlie. Additionally, the ANJ will pay particular attention to tipsters’ Websites which have recently strongly developed. Some of these Websites are in fact involved in misleading practices and present a real danger for players.”

 

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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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