Internet gambling or online gambling has rapidly growing not only in the United States but also in Europe and Asia. In the United States alone, as of 2006, gambling has generated an income of as much as $91 per year. According to the 2006 American Gaming Association (AGA) survey, internet gamblers in the US are mostly are males under the age of 40, college educated, and are wealthier compared to their fellow citizens.
The US gambling statistics also shows that 70 percent of those who participated in the 2006 poll have started online gambling in the last two years. This rapid growth of online gamblers has contributed an addition tourist income to the country. It created thousands of jobs and in some states, gambling was also used to raise money for college scholarships and infrastructure projects.
In 2007, AGA survey shows an online gambling statistics particularly the gross gaming revenues from commercial casinos of 6.8 percent increase from 2006 reaching a new record of $32.42 billion. According to Frank J. Fahrenkopf Jr., the president and CEO of AGA, the performance of gambling in 2006 made them able to provide good jobs. Employees in the industry earned a total of $13.3 billion in salaries. This figure also includes benefits and tips.
In 2008, another increase is recorded by the AGA. The online casinos industry shows a statistics of 73 percent more compared to the past 10 years. The gross gaming showed an income of $34.13 billion in 2007, which shows a huge increase form $19.7 billion in 1998. As a result, casino gaming tax revenues also increases and doubled from $2.5 billion in 1998 to $5.79 billion in 2007.
Other remarkable online gambling statistics are listed below.
• The gambling including online gambling industry has grown ten folds since 1975 in the US alone.
• At present, there are 37 states in the US that has lotteries
• The growth and popularity of gambling as well as online gambling resulted to having 15 million people that show signs of gambling addiction
• 62 percent of the casino viewers/players are female
• Gambling statistics show that players are those with average income of more than $55,000 each year.
• Statistics also shows that gambling among young individuals is growing. Forty two percent of the players are 14 years old, 49 percent are 15 years old, 63 percent are 16 years old, and 76 percent are 18 years old.
• Online gambling statistics had shown that in 1997 to 2001 internet gambling exceeded $2 billion, which nearly double the 1997 figure.
• Since the opening of casino in Atlantic City, there is a 100 percent increase in crimes within the thirty-mile radius.
• Average debt incurred by gamblers in the US has a recorded statistics of $55,000 to $90,000 for male gamblers and $15,000 for female gamblers.
• The popularity of gambling and online gambling had greatly affected an uncontrollable gambler’s family wherein divorce rate of gamblers is nearly double that of non-gamblers.
• Pathological gamblers also have 20 times higher suicide rate than non-gamblers.
• Other than divorce and suicide, 65 percent of pathological gamblers also commit crimes to support their gambling habit.
However, despite of the generally unfavorable statistics for online gambling and gambling in general, majority of the online gambler are far from becoming a compulsive gambler. Many of the online casino players consider it as a form of entertainment. Some may find it as a way of earning some extra money for spending. As long as a player set a limit and stick to it, he or she will be far from becoming one of those compulsive gamblers that make up the negative statistics. However, if one got highly affected including their work and family with their gambling habit, he or she should seek professional help immediately.