US GGR down 45.6% in H1 as Covid-19 wreaks havoc

13 August 2020

US commercial gross gaming revenue (GGR) for the first half of 2020 fell 45.6% year-on-year to $11.70bn, according to the latest figures from the American Gaming Association (AGA).

However, in a period where novel coronavirus (Covid-19) caused much of the US gambling industry to grind to a halt, online gaming revenue rocketed.

For the half year period, land-based slots were the largest driver of revenue, bringing in $7.36bn, but this was down 78.0% from 2019. Table games suffered the most severe drop, with revenue declining 78.5% to $2.13bn.

Despite suspensions of sports across the globe, sports betting revenue increased by 10.4% to $324.9m, thanks mostly to high revenue figures of more than $250m in the first quarter of the year.

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