Surveys can be instructive. One by the Portuguese Association of Online Gambling and Gambling (APAJO) revealed that 56% of nationally registered players bet through licensed and unlicensed online gambling sites.
Only 6% bet exclusively through illegal websites. This is a meager amount indeed. As stated in the survey results,
“In the opposite direction, 44% of players bet exclusively on licensed sites, that is, within the law.”
APAJO conducted 609 interviews with registered players, finding that nearly 94% have already played for money in 2019.
More stats: 42.2% of registrations were made prior to 2016, the year when sector regulation came into force. The remaining almost 58% came later over the last few years.
The survey has information on consumers. 20% were registered in 2018 with over half being only registered operators. As for 2019, almost 70% registered exclusively on licensed platforms.
According to Gabino Oliveira, APAJJO President,
“This data demonstrates a very favorable evolution in the growth of the licensed market. This is a positive sign, although there is still much to be done to combat unlicensed online gambling in Portugal.”
Gabino Oliveira points out the fact that young people between 18 and 24 years old are in the group that sticks with unlicensed platforms, or almost 53% — a figure that drops to 29.4% in the older segment of 25 to 34 years.