Sports Betting and Gambling Market/Industry - Statistics & Facts

The total value of the global sports betting market is difficult to estimate because of the lack of consistency in how it is regulated in some parts of the world. Betting makes up about 30 to 40 percent of the global gambling market, which also includes lotteries, casinos, poker and other gaming.


The global gross gaming/gambling yield amounts to more than 400 billion U.S. dollars each year. Gross win from gambling represents the amount of money the gambling operation keeps from the customer’s stakes, wagers, bets etc. less the winning paid out to the customer and before deducting operating expenses. With about one third of the global gambling gross win, Asia is the biggest market for gambling and sports betting in particular. Probably the fastest growing segment of the industry is the online / interactive category, as the global online gambling market has grown at a consistent rate over the last few years from around 20 billion U.S. dollars in 2009 to more than 40 billion U.S. dollars by 2016.

Sports betting services are provided by companies such as William Hill, Ladbrokes, bet365, bwin, Paddy Power, betfair, Unibet and many more through their websites and in many cases betting shops. In 2015, William Hill generated around 2.37 billion U.S. dollars in revenue with about 13.26 billion U.S. dollars in total being staked / wagered with the company.

According to a Statista survey almost 50 percent of people 18 years and older in the United States have placed a bet on a sports event at least once in their life. That share is even higher amongst those that watch at least some March Madness games.

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