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Casino industry - statistics & facts

The commercial casino industry has seen significant growth over the last few decades. Thanks to the ongoing legalization of gambling-related activities and the growth of the experience economy in many parts of the world, licensed casinos have expanded to new markets and generated record-breaking revenue figures. According to the latest estimates, in mid-2020, the market size of the global casinos and online gambling industry reached a total of 227 billion U.S. dollars. However, the brick-and-mortar casino industry still faces challenges with the rise of online gambling sites and the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic which caused many casinos to close their doors.

Casinos in the United States: Placing all bets on Las Vegas?

Whether land-based, on riverboats, or at racetracks, casinos are among the most popular gambling establishments in the United States. Over the last few years, the number of commercial casinos in the United States has remained relatively consistent, with 465 commercial and 524 tribal casinos operating nationwide in 2019. Today, the United States is home to more than half of the world's leading casino companies and perhaps the most widely known gambling destination in the world: Las Vegas, Nevada. Every year, the famous Las Vegas Strip attracts millions of visitors who want to try their luck at poker tables and slot machines or who want to enjoy the casinos' various hotel and restaurant services, live shows, and entertainment options. Thanks to this influx of American and international tourists (before COVID-19), Nevada remains the U.S. state with the highest gross gaming casino revenue in the country.

Is Macao the new Las Vegas?

While Las Vegas remains the gambling and entertainment capital of the United States, the center of the global casinos and online gambling industry has shifted towards Macao in 2006. As one of the two Special Administrative Regions of China, Macao is the only part of China where commercial gambling is legal, which makes it one of the country's most thriving tourism hubs and an attractive playground for international investors. After a wave of casino openings, Macao has become the largest casino market in the world with an annual gross gambling revenue of over 36 billion U.S. dollars in 2019. Some of the region's most successful casino resorts are operated by Las Vegas Sands, the world's leading casino company, based in the United States. How these venues and Macao as a whole will fare in the future will largely depend on the implications of COVID-19. As gambling makes up a large portion of Macao's economy and the city-wide casino closures have impacted the region in 2020, a swift recovery may not be in the cards anytime soon.

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Casino industry - statistics & facts

The commercial casino industry has seen significant growth over the last few decades. Thanks to the ongoing legalization of gambling-related activities and the growth of the experience economy in many parts of the world, licensed casinos have expanded to new markets and generated record-breaking revenue figures. According to the latest estimates, in mid-2020, the market size of the global casinos and online gambling industry reached a total of 227 billion U.S. dollars. However, the brick-and-mortar casino industry still faces challenges with the rise of online gambling sites and the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic which caused many casinos to close their doors.

Casinos in the United States: Placing all bets on Las Vegas?

Whether land-based, on riverboats, or at racetracks, casinos are among the most popular gambling establishments in the United States. Over the last few years, the number of commercial casinos in the United States has remained relatively consistent, with 465 commercial and 524 tribal casinos operating nationwide in 2019. Today, the United States is home to more than half of the world's leading casino companies and perhaps the most widely known gambling destination in the world: Las Vegas, Nevada. Every year, the famous Las Vegas Strip attracts millions of visitors who want to try their luck at poker tables and slot machines or who want to enjoy the casinos' various hotel and restaurant services, live shows, and entertainment options. Thanks to this influx of American and international tourists (before COVID-19), Nevada remains the U.S. state with the highest gross gaming casino revenue in the country.

Is Macao the new Las Vegas?

While Las Vegas remains the gambling and entertainment capital of the United States, the center of the global casinos and online gambling industry has shifted towards Macao in 2006. As one of the two Special Administrative Regions of China, Macao is the only part of China where commercial gambling is legal, which makes it one of the country's most thriving tourism hubs and an attractive playground for international investors. After a wave of casino openings, Macao has become the largest casino market in the world with an annual gross gambling revenue of over 36 billion U.S. dollars in 2019. Some of the region's most successful casino resorts are operated by Las Vegas Sands, the world's leading casino company, based in the United States. How these venues and Macao as a whole will fare in the future will largely depend on the implications of COVID-19. As gambling makes up a large portion of Macao's economy and the city-wide casino closures have impacted the region in 2020, a swift recovery may not be in the cards anytime soon.

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