Professor of Sociology at the University Gómez José Antonio Gómez Yáñez presented the report alongside Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Administration and member of IPOLGOB, Ignacio Cases Méndez alongside Director of the Codere Foundation Germán Gusano.
According to the report the percentage of people who do not gamble in Spain remains quite similar to last year and stands at between 16 % and 18 %. However there is a growing number of players who play with some frequency, especially once a week (21.4 % compared to 18. 9 % in 2015) or once a month (6.9 % compared to 3.6 % in 2015).
Casinos made up 6.8 % of players (those aged between 18 and 75) in 2016, or around 2.3 million people. Meanwhile bingo showed a slight growth, reaching 9 %, compared to 8.2 % in 2015. Casinos and
Gaming was on the rise in particular in Madrid, Valencia and Murcia, due to the increased number of gaming venues located in those locations. Sports betting is also seeing a rise in popularity. The study found that 5.1 % of the adult population (around 1.8 million people) gambled on sports in 2016 compared to 3.8 % in 2015.
When it came to online gaming, in 2016 the number of players increased by around 100,000 people. Active online players (players who had participated in online gaming at some point in 2016) are estimated to have stood at 1.38 million, 3.6 % of the population who are aged between 18 and 75 years old. This is compared to 985,333 registered users in 2015.
Source: GMB / G3 Newswire