The COVID closures had a significant impact on revenue at land-based casinos in the UK. It only £67 million generated in the first half of the year compared to £1.02 billion for the full year from April 2019 to March 2020. Licensed bookmakers were also hit hard, with £629.3 million in revenue compared to £2.41 billion the previous year.
The data is from the UK Gambling Commission and covers the months of April to September 2020.
Overall, the Gambling Commission reported a gross gambling yield (GGY) of £5.89 billion for the six months ending September 2020. In the first half of 2019, online gaming generated £3.08 billion. It was up 9.6% from £2.81 billion in the same period last year. Online casinos accounted for £1.94 billion, and sports betting accounting for £1.04 billion.
The Gambling Commission reported that 15.3 million new online gaming accounts were created in the last six months. This was despite a decrease in the number of operators. There were 6,735 betting outlets, a decrease of 12.3%, 1,390 adult gaming centers, a drop of 4.2 percent, 179 family entertainment centers, a decline of 5.8%, 131 casinos, a drop of 16 percent.
Between April 2019 and March 2020, the number of land-based gaming machines fell by 37.7%.