Gambling industry in Europe - Statistics & Facts

Published by David Lange, Aug 8, 2018
The gross gambling revenue (GGR) of European countries in 2015 was highest in Italy at roughly 18 billion euros, closely followed by the United Kingdom with 17.9 billion euros. Germany, France and Spain also had a relatively high GGR of at least 8 billion euros. The United Kingdom was leading in gross wins of leading sports betting nations in Europe in 2014 with roughly 3.9 billion euros. Landbased lotteries in Europe generated estimated gross wins of 31 billion euros in 2015.
The online gambling market in Europe was the biggest in comparison to the rest of the world as of 2015, with a market size of 18.11 billion U.S. dollars, followed by the Asian and Middle Eastern market with 11.67 billion U.S. dollars. The European online market is projected to increase to 24.75 billion U.S. dollars in 2018. The largest share of online gambling revenues in Europe came from sports betting with 37 percent, followed by online poker with 24 percent and online casinos with 22 percent. The market shares of leading online casinos in Italy show that Lottomatica, Sisal and Pokerstars rank in the top three. The share of the total gambling market that comes from online gambling amounted to 15 percent in 2015, and is projected to reach 18 percent by 2020.
When it comes to the landbased casino industry in Europe, France had the highest gross gaming revenue (GGR) among casinos in Europe in 2016 at approximately 2.26 billion euros. Great Britain showed a GGR of roughly 1.17 billion euros. France was also leading in the number of casino visits in Europe by far, with 32.6 million visits that year. When it comes to the number of casinos in Europe, France, with 199 associated casinos, was second only to the Czech Republic, which has 218 associated casinos. However, casino employment is highest in Great Britain with 16,347 full-time employees, followed by 14,500 in France and 5,000 in Spain.

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