Saturday June 1, 2013 : LATEST SPANISH ONLINE GAMBLING STATS
 
Flat performance reported by regulator
 
The Spanish regulator DGOJ has released its numbers for the online gambling sector's Q1-2013 performance, showing a flat trajectory suggestive of the dot.es industry reaching something of a plateau.
 
The report shows that gross gaming revenues in the Spanish market (which has not yet authorised online slots) reached Euro 60.4 million in the quarter, around Euro 1 million less than was the case in Q4-2012. Wagering was up slightly – but less than 1 percent – reaching Euro 1.37 billion.
 
New player acquisition also declined in the first three months of this year, with the monthly average falling to 51,342 vs. 72,453 during Q4- 2012 and 107,353 in Q3-2012.
 
The regulator acknowledges that market growth appears to have tailed off following a strong start to a more liberalised regime a year ago.
 
Sports betting contributed almost 50 percent of the market GGR – a slight increase over the preceding quarter; bingo declined further and cash poker was more or less the same, although tournament GGR grew.
 
Sports betting also equalled cash poker in terms of amounts wagered, reaching 34 percent of the total Euro 1.37 billion staked.
 
If Spanish online gambling has indeed plateaued, the government may have to devise additional tactics to generate lift; legalising online slot and betting exchange activity are obvious measures, and the Spanish are known to be discussing player pooling possibilities with France and Italy.