Daily Archives: September 27, 2023

Portugal online gambling revenue reaches record €205.9m in Q2

Online gambling revenue in Portugal amounted to a record €205.9m (£179.1m/$217.5m) in the second quarter, driven by growth within the internet casino segment.

Revenue was comfortably higher than €145.2m in Q2 of 2022. The figure was also up 4.9% on the existing record of €196.4m set in Q1 this year.

Online games of chance accounted for €122.0m of all revenue in the quarter, up 51.6% on last year. This was a new record for the segment, according to regulator the Gaming Regulation and Inspection Service (SRIJ).

Players spent €3.24bn on internet casino games during Q1, another new record for Portugal. Slot machines drew 82.5% of all online casino spend, with French roulette at 7.6% and then blackjack on 5.4%.

Turning to sports betting, revenue in this sector reached €84.0m, up 29.8% on 2022 but a slight drop from Q1 this year.

Consumer spending on sports betting reached €357.6m during the quarter. This was 17.1% more than the same period last year but 19.0% lower than in Q2. It was a..

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Arizona sports betting spend hits $323.2m in July

Sports betting spend in Arizona fell for the fourth consecutive month in July to $323.2m, although this was up 11.3% year-on-year.

Monthly handle in Arizona was higher than $290.5m in July last year. However, player spend on sports betting was 17.8% less than $393.2m in June this year.

Of this total, $320.2m was wagered online, while the remaining $2.4m was spent betting at retail sportsbooks across Arizona.

Consumers won a total of $287.9m from sports betting in July. This left $34.6m in adjusted gross event wagering revenue before free bets, up 38.4% on last year and 24.9% ahead of June.

Revenue from online sports betting hit $34.3m, while retail’s shared amounted to $151,222 for the month of July.

Almost $8.0m worth of free bets issued in Arizona

When discounting $7.7m in free bets and promotional credits – almost entirely from online betting – adjusted gross revenue hit $26.8m. This was up 78.7% from $15.0m in July 2022 and 63.4% higher than $16.4m in June this year.

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Waterhouse VC: Ordem e progresso

In his latest column, Tom Waterhouse of Waterhouse VC analyses the burgeoning sports betting market in Brazil after the country's recent regulation.

“Order and Progress”– The national motto of Brazil, inscribed on the Brazilian flag.

The motto is an allegory for Brazil’s new reforms to regulate the country’s US$1.5bn (£1.23bn/€1.41bn) wagering industry.

With 214 million people and 217 indigenous languages in addition to Portuguese, Brazil is a large and complex market. It is also one of the largest online sports betting markets in the world, with 42.5 million unique users. Wagering operators are generating significant revenues in Brazil by leveraging influencer marketing and numerous sports sponsorship deals.

Brazil’s historic and forecasted wagering revenue across online casino, online lottery and online sports betting. Source: Statista

Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies recently passed a gambling regulation act. This act allows online gaming and omnichannel wagering, with operato..

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Flutter acquires majority stake in Serbia’s MaxBet for €141m

Flutter Entertainment has acquired an initial 51% stake in Serbian omnichannel sports betting and gaming operator for €141.0m (£122.6m/$149.0m) in cash.

The deal, Flutter says, provides the group with access to the regulated Serbian market and supports its ongoing expansion plans, including within the wider Balkans region.

The agreement also states that Flutter has the opportunity to acquire the remaining 49% in MaxBet in 2029.

Ranked among the leading operators in Serbia with an approximate 20% online share, MaxBet employs more than 2,400 staff. In the 12 months to June 2023, it posted €145.0m in regulated revenue and €32.0m worth of adjusted EBITDA.

The transaction remains subject to customary regulatory clearances but is due to close in the first quarter of 2024.

“I am excited to announce the addition of MaxBet to the Flutter portfolio,” Flutter chief executive Peter Jackson said. “This acquisition continues our progress against the strategic priorities we have set for our inte..

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