Australia Tops World’s Biggest Gambling List Again

Australia has long been known as a very passionate gambling nation. In fact, they’ve topped studies on per-capita gaming for several years in a row. This trend won’t end any time soon, because Australia has once again been identified as the world’s biggest gambling country. The Queensland Government Statistician’s Office confirmed that Aussies still gamble […]

Australia has long been known as a very passionate gambling nation. In fact, they’ve topped studies on per-capita gaming for several years in a row.

This trend won’t end any time soon, because Australia has once again been identified as the world’s biggest gambling country. The Queensland Government Statistician’s Office confirmed that Aussies still gamble more than anybody else on a per-capita basis.

Australian Adults Betting $11k Each

The updated Queensland Government Statistician report shows that Australia as a whole risked $209 billion on gambling in 2016-17. This alone sounds like a staggering sum. But it becomes even more noteworthy when considering that it amounts to each adult betting $11,000 annually.

The report measures wagering activity across casinos, lotteries, racing, and sports betting. It finds that the average Australian adult loses $1,251 per year.

Singapore, which ranked second in per-capita gaming, lags well behind Australians with $1,000 in average losses per adult.

Why are Australians Such Big Gamblers?

One reason why Australia loves gambling so much is because of all the opportunities around them. The country lays claim to over 200,000 slot machines (a.k.a. pokies) across its six territories. This works out to one slot machine for every 114 residents.

Aussies also have a fair amount of wealth, ranking 13th in gross domestic product. This high GDP ranking gives Australia more money to gamble with than the average nation.

Efforts are currently being made to combat the country’s gaming problem. Anti-gambling groups are being formed in order to help players who suffer from problem gambling. These efforts may take a while to come to fruition, though, when considering how long Australia has been at the top of per-capita gaming list.

 

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