Average sports bet decreases by half in 2015; Russia

The average bet on major sports from Russian punters decreased by half in 2015 compared to the previous year, according to an analytical review by Russian betting company First Gaming (Rub90).

“In 2015, an average bet decreased by half in dollar terms compared to the previous year. This is primarily due to the volatility of the exchange rate. For the same reason average bets on all major sports have also fallen. The biggest average bet was made on basketball – on average, $19.39 at a time. The second and third positions are occupied by football ($16.81) and handball ($16.54) respectively”.

The average bet in 2015 amounted to $15.35, while in 2014 it was $30.08.

The number of bets on football fell from 63 percent in 2014 to 42 percent in 2015, but still maintains its leading place, followed by tennis (18.6 per cent) and basketball (13.5 percent).

In 2015, most bets were made in spring (about 30 per cent) coinciding with the final stages of European and national football tournaments, qualifiers for UEFA Euro 2016 and world hockey tournament, according to the review.