ACMA report reveals one in ten Australians wager on-line – On-line sports activities betting

Greater than 10% of Australians wager on-line no less than as soon as in the course of the six months to June 2021, in keeping with a brand new examine by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA).

gamers’ on-line playing habits within the interval, the report discovered that general participant participation was up from 8% in 2020 as extra customers turned to on-line for playing, excluding lottery.

Of those that gambled on-line, 44% mentioned they did so lower than month-to-month, 10% month-to-month, 10% each two weeks, 15% weekly and 14% a number of occasions per week. Some 4% of gamers gambled on-line as soon as a day, whereas 2% mentioned they performed a number of occasions a day.

Specializing in altering participant habits amid the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) disaster, the report discovered 16% of gamers gambled extra on-line than earlier than the pandemic, 6% mentioned they performed much less, whereas 77% mentioned their habits remained the identical.

Sports activities betting was the most well-liked alternative amongst gamers with 57% saying they’d wagered on sport within the six months to June 2021, whereas 55% wager on horse racing on-line. About 6% of gamers wagered on esports, 5% on non-sports occasions equivalent to elections and three% on fantasy sports activities.

Some 25% of customers who play on-line positioned no less than one in-play wager in the course of the reporting interval. Nonetheless, ACMA mentioned these findings didn’t distinguish between authorized in-play betting on horse racing and unlawful in-play wagering on different sports activities. Of those that positioned in-play bets, 37% have been aged between 18 and 44, whereas 12% have been 45 and over.

By way of criminality, simply 5% of on-line gamers used an offshore, unlicensed web site or app within the six-month interval. Eleven per cent gamers aged 18-34 did so, whereas the determine was 2% for these 45 and over. An additional 6% mentioned they didn’t know the place their service was positioned, whereas 89% solely gambled with licensed operators.

“Our analysis means that the emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic in Australia might have had some affect on participation in on-line playing,” the report mentioned. “Small however notable rises in each the prevalence and frequency of on-line playing in 2021 might have been led to by the growing adoption of digital wagering companies, together with the supply of expanded playing options and elevated betting promoting over this era.

“As well as, as Australian sporting codes returned to a extra ‘regular’ schedule after the disruptions of 2020, on-line sports activities betting has bounced again and attracted new individuals.”

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