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Editorial: Gambling nations: how each country compares

Gambling NationAs a gambling portal that's available to players around the world, GP takes a broad approach to reporting gambling news. You might remember our article on gambling in Poland, and you've almost certainly read one of the many articles we've written on pending gambling legislation in the U.S. We've written several articles on U.K.-based sports books and have followed Russia and Ukraine's gambling crackdowns extensively. With countries all over the world creating their own gambling headlines, it makes you wonder...which country loves gambling the most?

Lately some nations seem to garner more poker and casino press than others: China, the United Kingdom and the United States generate plenty of gambling-related stories. But smaller countries like Italy, France, Costa Rica and Poland have earned a lot of notice too for recent changes and developments. Unfortunately, while Russian citizens no doubt still love gambling, their legislators do not. So again we ask: which country loves gambling the most?

When it comes to money spent by gambling citizens, the United States and the U.K. invariably come out on top. When it comes to money generated by gambling endeavors, China and more specifically the Chinese gambling mecca of Macau has emerged as a new leader in gambling tourism. Of course these numbers are skewed by each of these nations' significant populations. Smaller countries like Italy have also seen their gambling revenues grow this year (thanks especially to their upgraded slots). Earlier this year we reported that Polish gamblers were spending as much money on gambling as they were on alcohol and tobacco, but that's nothing compared to the fact that Australia's gambling industry rakes in significantly more than their food industry.

Dollar for dollar, the United States holds the title for live gambling revenues what with Las Vegas and Atlantic City plus the nation's dozens of race tracks, hundreds of small local casinos, and huge state lotteries. Of course China's Macau is growing rapidly and has regularly posted profits against Las Vegas and Atlantic City's increasing losses. Where the U.S. falls short is in online gambling, and this is where Europe and specifically the U.K. prevail. Online gambling is pretty much a given for savvy U.K. residents and mobile and tv-integrated gambling is on the rise.

In other words, it's impossible to say which nation loves gambling the most because statistics indicate that they all do!


07-Aug-2009, 15:38

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