According to local resources, in 2018 Russians spent 70 percent more on betting than the year before.
Representatives of the leading bookmakers – Liga Stavok, Parimatch, and Bwin – agreed with the assessment that last year was record-breaking for the Russian betting market.
During the World Cup alone Russians placed US$ 3.75 billion with licensed bookmakers.
The size of an average bet was US$ 22.45, and 4.7 million people made a bet on sports in Russian at least once last year.
Fonbet was the clear market leader in the year, accounting for 45% of punters, while 1xBet took 20%. Liga Stavok took 18% and Leon came in last at 16%.
The total figure of US$ 18 billion in bets is understood to apply to not only licensed but also unlicensed bookmakers.
Source: GMB / AG Brief