MILAN Jan 19 Italy's total gaming wagers rose
14.4 percent in 2009 to 54.4 billion euros ($78.28 billion),
gaming regulator AAMS said, as the sector showed its ability to
brush off the recession.
December bets were 5.36 billion euros, the regulator said in
a statement late on Monday. The month's figures included 2.65
billion euros from slot machines and 921 million euros from
The full-year increase in overall bets is higher than the
12.96 percent rise seen in the first 11 months. December's bets
are higher than November's 4.604 billion euros gaming figure.
Italy's Lottomatica LTO.MI operates scratch cards, which
rose 35 percent from November, and the Lotto game which had
December bets of 536 million euros, up 22 percent on a monthly
basis, AAMS said.
December wagers on the SuperEnalotto game, operated by
unlisted Sisal SpA rose 8 percent to 335 million euros from the
In horseracing, wagers rose 7 percent to 166 million euros
on a monthly basis. Snai (SNAI.MI) is active in the sector.
(Writing by Nigel Tutt; Editing by Mike Nesbit)