According to a recent report by Bookmaker Ratings, the international analytical online publication, Russian bookmaker companies received 1.15 trillion rubles in sports bets in 2018. This rating is based on players surveys. It includes the bets of both licensed bookmakers and bookies which are not licensed in Russia.
Russians placed 70% more bets in 2018 compared to the previous year. In 2017 Bookmaker Ratings estimated the Russian bookmaker market at 677 billion rubles, with more than 400 billion accounting for the legal bookies.
The representatives of the “Liga Stavok” (one of the largest Russian bookmakers), Parimatch and bwin agreed with the assessment that last year was a record for the Russian bookmaker market.
Russians placed 250 billion rubles in sports bets during the World Cup. The size of an average bet is 1,500 rubles, and at least once in the last year 4.7 million people made a bet on sports.
Most players are men aged 25 to 34 years old with a personal monthly income of 20,000 to 50,000 rubles. Almost half of the players (45%) used the services of Fonbet betting company, 20% of players preferred 1x Bet, 18% placed bets via Liga Stavok, 16% are customers of Leon betting company.
43% of the players polled by Bookmaker Ratings placed bets in offshore companies, i.e. via bookmakers who do not have licenses in Russia. According to the Liga Stavok, the share of illegal bookmakers has been significantly reduced in recent years.