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Beginner’s Guide to Casinos

This section of our casino guide is specifically for those that are completely new to playing casino games. If you have never played in a casino before, but would like to, then you’ll find all the information you need to get started right here. Much of this information will be useful to players with some experience too, so even if you’ve played before you might want to take a look through all of it.

Our beginner’s guide to casinos is made up of a collection of articles written by players with a great deal of casino related knowledge and experience. Reading these articles will help ensure that you fully understand what’s involved with casino gambling and how it all works. They also contain advice on subjects such as how to behave in the casino and how to remain disciplined. There are some top tips for new players as well, and details of some common mistakes that you should try to avoid.

We’ve listed these articles below, with a brief overview of each one. We’ve also provided some other useful resources for you too; a glossary of terms, an FAQ, and guides to a selection of popular casino games.

 

Gambling Around The World: The Big Picture

Before we drill down into the minute details, let’s first take a broad brush and paint-by-(the large)-numbers. The gambling industry is a varied and sometimes complex beast, but when you look beneath the hood you’ll see that its numbers make for positive reading.

Starting from the top, the most important stat for gamblers as it stands today is the value of the industry as a whole. Split into two main verticals, live and online, the gambling world has experienced impressive growth over the last five years.

Breaking it down country-by-country for gambling profits, we see China and the US topping the list. (2015 figures)

Online Gambling Statistics

World gambling statistics show that around 26% of the population gamble. That means around 1.6 billion people worldwide gamble and 4.2 billion gamble at least once every year. When it comes to online gambling and demographic statistics, a UK study concludes that 17% of the population gamble online, resulting in £5.3 billion revenue for the online market alone.

In the US the numbers are quite different, in 2016 only 3% out of the 4.2 billion who said they gamble regularly said they played online. This number must have gone up in the following years however, as the revenue in 2018 landed on $306.5 billion for the US online gambling market.

Who’s Doing Worst?

When it comes to gambling on an individual scale, Aussies’ currently lead the way. In 2014, Australians gambled over $916 per person, with Singaporeans coming a close second on $891.16. Singapore only recently legalized casino gambling, and the per-head spend isn’t a surprise.

Despite being the home of Las Vegas, Americans are a distant third on $505.44 per capita, with Ireland and its liberal approach to gambling next on $490.39. The UK, with legal land-based and online gambling, and boasting one of the world’s premier licensing jurisdictions, sits way back on $377.83.

The gambling industry continues to prove that it’s one of the most vibrant entertainment economies in the world

Another interesting top 10 member is Malta. The small Mediterranean island boasts a small population but one of the largest per-capita losses anywhere in the world. Malta is a leading gaming jurisdiction that is home to many of the world’s biggest online gambling sites and affiliates.

Gambling Losses Per Adult (2014)
(All in US dollars)

 

Global Gambling Industry: The House Always Wins

As always, stats are a matter of perspective, so when you look through the list of global gambling losses, you’re also looking at the gambling wins for operators. With that in mind, here’s a breakdown of the top 10 places for gambling revenue based on visitors.

It’s interesting that Macau tops the list of per-head revenue. But Chinese nationals don’t register on our top list of gambling losses. Macau’s tourist business has struggled recently, but visitors still ensure that the former Portuguese colony keeps Macau way on top.

Australia seems to rank highly in terms of losses and revenue. The country boasts more «pokies» (slot machines) than most countries, and that’s in a country that only has 22 million people.

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