Study suggests European sports bettors not shifting to online casinos
By Rachel Debling
A new study published in the International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction suggests that following the COVID-19 measures put in place by European governments, many of the continent’s sports bettors decreased the amount of money wagered, compared with their activities prior to the pandemic.
The researchers also concluded that sports bettors did not shift to playing more online casino games and that the use of these games among sports bettors saw a significant reduction.
The research was conducted over a four-month period, from January to April 2020, and was based on the data from a single European online gaming operator. The paper states the findings indicate “that there was no conversion of money spent from sports betting to online casino games, at least for this particular online gambling operator.”
Though the results are limited, this is the first study to investigate the wagering activities of gamblers during the COVID-19 pandemic.