After ending last year on a low, the Italian igaming market rebounded sharply in January thanks largely to the recovery of the sports betting vertical.
Total igaming revenue rose to €148.3 in January, an 11% rise on December and a 6.8% year-on-year increase.
After falling dramatically in December – revenues fell 27.7% on a month-on-month basis and an enormous 43.4% on the same month the previous year – online sports betting rose 23.4% on a month-on-month basis, although it was still slightly down on the first month of 2018.
Bet365 extended its lead over PlanetWin365 in the vertical, taking 17.9% of the market, with the second-placed operator seeing its share fall to 12.8%, a significant drop from the previous month’s 14.8%.
The market leader lost some market share in the combined online and retail markets, however, a trend that is likely to accelerate once operators lose the ability to advertise and online-only operators struggle to maintain visibility against those with physical outlets.
Interestingly, PokerStars made its first appearance in the wagering Top 10, taking 2.1% of the market to land in tenth position.
In terms of market share as a whole, however, sports betting is still trailing casino, with the former at 39.15% and the latter at 48.50%. While up only a modest 2% on December, casino enjoyed its best month yet in January, with GGR of €71.9m.
PokerStars maintained its leading position in the vertical, though with a slightly lower 10.59% compared with December’s 11.12%. Lottomatica and Sisal, meanwhile, saw a slight increase in their shares in second and third place, respectively.
Italy’s poker market provided some rare good news last month, with a 21.9% rise in tournament GGR and a 7% rise in cash GGR. PokerStars remained well in front of its nearest competitors in both areas, taking 63.37% of the tournament market and 39.51% of the cash market.
All data and figures are processed by leading European corporate advisory firm Ficom Leisure, a specialist in all segments of the betting and gaming sector.
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