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Millions of people on the planet spend their money every year in gambling. Not all of them are lucky to break the treasured big jackpot in lottery or online slot games, but the risk does not stop fans of quick money. Specialized organizations conduct annual research, which collects statistics on average spending in both offline and online casinos for real money for each country. Thanks to this, today we can accurately say which country is the most gambling addicted in the world. Below is a list of the top 5 countries with the highest spending on gambling among citizens.

5 Top Countries for Gambling

Finland

Despite the fact that this is a small country, it takes 5th place in the rating of money spending in gambling. Every adult here spends about 514 US dollars on online gambling. At least 41% of adult Finns visit the casino every week. Most players are young people over the age of 18. The gaming industry is tightly controlled by the state. The largest gambling institution in the country is managed by the Ministry of Education, so most of the profits go to culture, art, the development of educational institutions.

Canada

Locals spend an average of $528 per year on lottery, roulette, sweepstakes, slots/online slot games, poker and blackjack. According to sociologists, about 75% of adult Canadians periodically spend time in gambling. Such entertainments here are so popular that the government even launched social advertising, wanting to explain to citizens that a lottery ticket is not the best gift for a child at Christmas.

Ireland

On average, the Irish spend $547 on casino games every year. The state has no control over the local gambling business.

This is the most gambling country in Europe. On average, the Irish spend $547 on casino games every year. The state has no control over the local gambling business. Previously, the law was in force, according to which the maximum bet on machines should not exceed 6 pence, and the maximum win was limited to 10 shillings. But in 1999, the country's economy switched to the euro, so the restrictions are no longer in force. After that, casinos grew throughout Ireland in a riotous color.

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Singapore

The first gambling house was opened here only in 2010, but since then this city-state has managed to become one of the largest centers of the gaming industry on the planet. Each local resident annually spends about $1,093 on gambling. Many Singaporeans are seriously affected by gambling, and therefore the government even set a casino admission fee of $80. A unique system of “family exclusion” has also been created: if your relative regularly loses his money, you can obtain an official ban on visiting gambling establishments for him.

Australia

If you are asked which country is the most gambling, then boldly call this one. An Australian spends an average of $1,199 annually in casinos. Here you can bet on almost everything, even on what currency rate the local Central Bank will set tomorrow. 80% of gamers prefer slot machines: tens of thousands of their variations were invented here. Australia in our ranking gets an honorable first place.

It is possible that the real most gambling countries in the world did not get on our list, because this business is illegal in them. And this once again confirms that banning such games is useless. Indeed, as a result, people do not get rid of addiction; they continue to play “underground”, while corruption is growing, and the state budget is losing potential revenues.

Elen Yankovskaya

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