First Official Numbers Underscore Online Poker's Growth in Spain

Online poker in Spain has grown each month since the regulation in June, according to the first numbers published by the Spanish online gaming regulator, the DGOJ.

The figures covering the four month period from the beginning of regulation on June 5 through to the end of September show growth each month in total amount wagered, tax revenue, and number of new player registrations, in poker and other online gaming activities.

In June, €87m euros was wagered in poker, rising to €114m in July, €119m in August and €131m in September. Poker represents 36% of the market, second only to sports-betting, at 42%. Casino and other games represents approximately 18% of all bets.

At the end of September, a total of just over 700,000 players were registered for real money gaming in Spain, growing approximately 100,000 a month. This represents approximately 1.5% of the population of Spain, although a few sites do permit non-Spanish registrations.

Operators are taxed 25% on gross gaming revenue, which has lead to over €77m raised in tax revenue in this four month period, and €27.5m in September alone.

The numbers, produced both on Spanish online gaming association JDigital and online community site poker-red, confirm a previous report on pokerfuse based on observed cash game activity thanks to independent poker monitor PokerScout.

Market leader PokerStars, which commands almost 70% of the cash game market, has seen continued growth in the last three months, up 30% since it first went live.