Millions more lost in gambling in 2015: €2.34bn market


Photo: Scheveningen
Photo: Scheveningen

Dutch people lost €104m more than the previous year in gambling in 2015, reports NOS. The gaming authority says people lost €2.34 billion last year  ‘betting for sport’ in casinos, lotteries and slot machines.

Most of this revenue goes to lotteries, which have 46% of the market, followed by slot machines (42%), casino tables (9%) and sporting bet services such as Toto (1%). Although the number of slot machines dropped by 11%, losses on them grew.

But compared with other European countries, the Dutch are not high rollers, giving relatively little income to betting. The new figures, however, do not include online gambling which is illegal and also untaxed.

The new report suggests that although some evidence suggests problem gambling is up, fewer people are getting health treatment for their addiction.

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