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GGR from all Italian igaming verticals declines in February

| By Daniel O'Boyle
Italian gross online gaming revenue declined month-on-month in February, thanks to dips in revenue from all verticals.

Online casino revenue wasn’t able to keep pace with January’s record total, declining by 22.3% to €147.7m in February. However, this total was still up by 3.3% from February 2021.

The online casino market was more fragmented than ever, as market leader PokerStars’ share of revenue declined to just 8.67%. Sisal – which is soon to come under the same owner as PokerStars when its acquisition by Flutter closes – was in a close second, with an 8.57% share.

Only 0.13 percentage points separated PokerStars from the third-placed operator, Playtech-owned Snai, which held an 8.54% share.

Further behind, Lottomatica’s market share was 7.41% while for SKS365’s Planetwin365 brand, this figure was 5.94%.

Looking at sports betting, combined online and retail revenue dipped by 3.0% from January to €204.7m, but this was 10.3% more than February 2021’s total, when the retail sector was closed due to Covid-19 measures.

Looking just at online betting revenue, this declined more sharply, by 5.2% to €122.1m, the lowest figure since October 2021.

Snai held onto its lead as the largest online betting operator with a 13.8% market share ahead of Sisal’s 13.4%.

However, for the overall betting market, Snai slipped into second with a 15.6% share, just being pipped to the post by Goldbet with 15.7%.

Poker tournament revenue declined fairly steeply month-on-month, by 28.1% to €8.2m, though January’s figure had been the highest for a year. Year-on-year, February’s total represented a 12.8% decline.

Looking at cash games, revenue declined significantly again to to €5.6m. This was a 25.3% drop when compared to January or a 16.5% decline against February 2021.

Pokerstars continued to dominate among poker operators. While its share of tournament revenue dropped back below 50% in February, its revenue from that vertical was still more than five times that of second-place Sisal.

Similarly, Pokerstars’ share of the cash games market dipped slightly to 42.51% but this was well ahead of second-placed Goldbet’s 7.40% market share.

Bingo revenue was down 19.7% both month-on-month and year-on-year to €4.9m.

Ficom Leisure is a leading European corporate advisory firm specialising in all segments of the betting and gaming sector.

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