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Median Spanish player spend grows to €533 in 2020

| By Daniel O'Boyle
Spain’s Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego (DGOJ) has released its annual online player report, revealing that median spend per player grew 4.1% to €533 in 2020.
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This equates to €44.46 per month or €10.26 per week, and follows DGOJ’s announcement in March that GGR for the online market grew 13.8% year-on-year in 2020.

The overall number of players, meanwhile, grew 8.2% to 1.4 million.

The vast majority of players were men, at 82.3%. While the absolute number of men playing rose to 1.2 million, compared to 261,812 women, the share of men compared to women declined.

Most players were in the youngest age groups, with 406,667 aged 18-25 and 503,335 aged 26-35. Among all ages, betting was the most popular form of online gambling and all groups saw an increase in players. 

However, this growth was most rapid in older players, with a 14.1% increase in the number of 46-55 year-olds to 156,069 and a 12.3% increase in 56-65 year-olds to 61,706

The age group that spent the most on gambling were those aged 36-45, with a median spend of €802, up 0.8%. For the 46-55 group, this figure was €783, for 56-65 it was €578 and for 26-35 the median spend was €521, all of which were increases. The 18-25 age group saw the largest increase, by 8.4%, but still had the lowest spend at €233.

The vast majority of deposits and most withdrawals were by card, though bank transfer was also a popular withdrawal method.

The year saw a number of strict marketing restrictions put in place in Spain. Advertising on TV and radio will be restricted to the hours of 1am to 5am and online ads must be age-gated, while sponsorship and bonuses are also banned.

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