World’s Top 10 Gambling Countries

Gambling is inherent in everyone to a greater or lesser extent. But can we just consider it as a feature of certain nationalities? To answer this question, Slotegrator experts having analyzed the data available on the Internet and profile statistics rated 10 most gambling countries.

1. Great Britain

United Kingdom takes a leading position in terms of the number of gamblers. Mark D. Griffiths who is an English researcher in the field of gambling behavior has discovered that Great Britain has the highest percentage worldwide of players under the age of 21, while the total number of gamblers is 65% of all adults in the country.

Lotteries, sports betting, and horse racing are all traditional British entertainments. Children from the earliest years are involved in gambling. At first, they automatically participate in the process of playing with parents, which forms a fixation on gambling later.

2. Australia

Australians have also a penchant for gambling. According to H2 Gambling Capital (H2G), in 2016, the losses from gambling per adult resident were $990, which is the biggest amount worldwide.

The most popular form of gambling here is poker machines (EGMs) that are prevalent in Australia more than anywhere else. However, gambling has been banned in the country since September 2017. That is why Australia will soon take a back seat in the global gaming industry.

Read also: Survey of Online Gambling Market in Australia

3. China and Macau

China’s land-based and online casinos are banned, but state lotteries, sports betting, and Mahjong are still available. The total annual income from those kinds of gambling exceeds $50 bn and continues to grow considerably.

Macau additionally brings more than $21 bn. Unlike mainland China, there is an opportunity to play in foreign casinos. Therefore, 2/3 of Macau’s gambling revenue come from the mainland VIP players. Although the authorities are struggling with this, because China has a growing problem gambling among children and teenagers.

According to H2G for 2016, China ranks second worldwide in terms of money lost in gambling — $62.5 billion, including Macau and Hong Kong.

Read also: Gambling Industry in China

4. Singapore

Singapore has already faced the challenge of similar gambling issues and thus, is put on the 4th position according to Slotegrator. The hey-dey of gambling began in 2005 when the first casino was opened in the country. For 10 years, Singapore has become a gambling paradise. Therefore, a number of restrictions have been imposed on local residents.

Singaporeans must pay a major fee when entering the casino, while relatives have the right to ban gaming for a family member experiencing a problem gambling. Despite these measures, according to H2G, Singaporeans lost in gambling almost $700 per person in 2016.

5. Italy

This is a small country with only 2% of the global population, but it accounts for almost a quarter of the world’s gambling. According to the Libera association, more than 800 thousand Italians have a serious gambling addiction.

According to Statista.com, the total gambling industry in Italy was almost 95 bn euros in 2016. According to official government data, the growth of income from gambling was 21% in 2015.

Read also: Review of the Gambling Markets of the leading European Countries

6. USA

According to H2G, the American gambling industry accounted for almost $116.9 bn in 2016, which is the world’s highest value. On average, it is about $500 lost per adult annually.

However, the United States has tough restrictions preventing the development of the industry. Especially, there are many of logging bans on online gambling. Therefore, representatives of other nations overtake the average American in the cost spent on gambling.

U.S. residents love the casino and enjoy visiting Las Vegas and Atlantic City which are the only gambling zones allowed in the country. The second most popular form of gambling here is lottery. Lotteries account for about $100 spent per adult per year.

Read also: Another US State Legalized Sports Betting

7. Canada

In general, gambling is regulated here, and 3/4 of the residents regularly visit gambling establishments. There are more than 50 casinos in Canada, especially in the province of Quebec. Online gambling, scratchcards and lotteries are also demanded in the country.

Gambling brings a good income of about $13 bn a year to the Canadian budget. Recently, the authorities have been trying to strengthen control, especially over online gambling, but the progress is still insignificant. On average, every adult in Canada spend $570 per year for gambling.

8. India

For a long time, gambling here was banned. Only recently, the authorities have made some concessions and thus, the first casinos have appeared on Goa. Officially online gambling in the country is prohibited, but in reality there are no restrictions for the operators of online gambling sites.

Online poker is insanely popular in India, especially among youngsters.

Today’s India is considered as the most attractive region for gambling operators due to the growing middle class population, the developing digital technologies and mobile Internet, which are progressing much faster than in the USA, Europe, and Russia.

Statista.com data show that official gambling income in India is about $59.1 bn in India, and the results of 2018 are expected to exceed $130 billion.

9. Ireland

The ninth place is led by the Irish love to bet on horse and other racings, as well as to play lotteries. The combination of attachment to animals with an Irish passion for gambling led to the extraordinary popularity of greyhounds in the country. There are even special dog track stadiums.

The Irish, according to H2G for 2016, spend more than $550 per adult per year.

10. Finland

Gambling has long been recognized as a problem, and those residents who spend more than 120 euros per year on gambling are officially considered as addicted. The State provides them with free psychological services.

Despite this, about half of Finns visit municipal casinos weekly, where they leave, according to H2G for 2016, about $500 per year for each resident.

Gambling in Finland is more of a retirement entertainment, but the online slots are mostly played by young people: the average player is 18 years old.

The gambling market is very dynamic and its data change from year to year. First of all, it depends on the regulation of different countries. This rating was compiled as of the beginning of 2018.