Statistics released by the Gambling Commission (GC) have shown a decrease in gambling activity for January and February 2021 when compared to prior months.
Gross gambling yield (GGY) decreased by 19% to £495.4m from December to February, with a 4% decrease in active accounts (10.2 million) and 6% decrease in bets (6.2 billion).
Real-event betting yield came to £234.5m in February, down 16% from December 2020, with a further £6.7m in virtual event betting and £1.6m in esports bets. The number of real event bett accounts came to 4.8m and these placed 282.8m bets.
Looking at slots, GGY decreased by 1% to nearly £176.9m during the same period. The number of spins also decreased by 6% to 5.50bn, and the number of active accounts remained steady at 3.0m.
However, online slots sessions lasting longer than an hour generally increased by 4% from December to February (peaking at 2.6 million in January), although there was a 1% decrease between January and February. The average session length ..