Some Key Gambling Statistics


Some Key Gambling Statistics


Online research indicates that worldwide, there are approximately 2.2 billion people who choose to gamble.

Annual worldwide consumer gambling losses (gross win to gambling operators) have been estimated as more than $1 trillion.

Legal/regulated gambling losses were approximately $433 billion in 2011 (last certified statistics).

However, illegal/unregulated gambling is estimated to be more than the measured gambling activity.

For example, it is estimated that the illegal/unregulated gambling losses in China may be as high as $150 billion annually.

The World's largest and most active gambling center is Macau, China where the gambling industry is forecasted to reach a level of a $100 Billion annual business.

There are nearly 500 commercial casinos in the USA that operate in 23 states. The commercial casinos' 2012 revenue was $37.34 billion and they employed about 335,000 people at that time.

Nevada leads the USA statistics with 265 commercial casinos and almost a third of the national revenues.

More than 225 US-based tribal entities provided gambling at 466 casinos with revenues of $27.15 billion in 2011.

43 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands offer lotteries, 38 have commercial, Indian or racetrack casinos and only 2 - Utah and Hawaii - don't allow any form of gambling.

Americans are wagering more dollars in casinos, at racetracks and through state lotteries, but they're not too happy about it, a survey by the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press suggests.

The study found that 7 out of 10 people questioned believe that legalized gambling encourages folks to spend more money than they can afford on the activity.

It is widely claimed that each day, in the United States, slot machines take in an average of more than $1 billion in wagers.
If accurate, slot machines gross more annually than McDonald's, Wendy's, Burger King and Starbucks combined.

All told, 48 states have some form of legalized gambling. Internet gambling in the USA has been legalized in some states, in the absence of federal legislation.
Federal legislation to allow and control Internet gambling has been initiated from time to time but currently has not been acted upon.


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