Data published by the GB Gambling Commission has shown operators generated a gross gambling yield of £560.2m in April 2021 – a 2.6% increase on the previous month.
The figures were compiled using data from operators representing around 80% of the online gambling market. While the Commission has now reported more than a year’s worth of data since lockdowns began, it said it was “not advisable” to compare year-on-year figures, due to “different operating circumstances”.
The overall revenue figure was the second-highest since the regulator started publishing monthly data, behind December 2020.
The regulator said impact of horse racing events such as the Grand National helped contribute to the figure increase, as GGR from real event betting increased 7.0% in March to £267.4m.
The GGR of slots and other casino games both declined by less than 0.5%, at £202.0m and £71.0m respectively. The slight decline in slots comes after the vertical hit a record high in revenue in March.