The Gambler’s Index

Number of commercial casinos in the U.S. pre–Hurricane Katrina: 445

Number of casinos post-Katrina: 429

Number of states that operate casinos: 11

Number of states that have some form of legalized gambling: 48

Amount commercial casinos generated in gross gaming revenue in 2004: $29 billion

Percentage increase since the year before: 7

Amount one slot machine can generate in a day: $300

Amount per year: more than $100,000

Number of jobs attributed to commercial casinos: 350,000

Amount in wages (including benefits and tips): $12 billion

Amount commercial casinos paid in direct gaming taxes to state and local governments in 2004: $4.7 billion

Percentage increase since the year before: 9.6

Number of commercial casinos in Mississippi: 29

Number of those closed down due to the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina: 12

Number of casinos, including riverboat casinos, in New Orleans: 4

Number of those closed down due to the devastation caused by Katrina: 4

Number of racetrack casinos in the U.S.: 23

Number of states operating racetrack casinos: 7

Amount generated in gross gaming revenues: $2.9 billion

Percentage increase since 2003: 30

Number of people employed by racetrack casinos: 14,225

Number of racetrack casinos opened in New York in 2004: 4

Number-one racetrack casino market in the U.S.: Charles Town, West Virginia

Gross revenue: $360.24 million

Number of riverboat or dockside casinos in the U.S.: 84

Number of states with riverboat or dockside casinos: 6

Annual take for the U.S. gambling industry in 1996: $47 billion

Annual take for the U.S. gambling industry in 2003: $72 billion

According to Harrah’s Entertainment/TNS NFO 2004 polling data, number of people who visited a casino last year: 54.1 million

Average trips per gambler: 5.9

Percentage of American adults who play poker: 18

Number of card rooms in the U.S.: 446

Number of states that have card rooms: 5

Amount in gross revenues generated in 2004: $1 billion

Percentage increase since 2003: 20

Amount made in card-room revenue in California in 2004: $688 million

According to a 2004 American Gaming Association poll, percentage of Americans whose acceptance of gambling is high: 80

Percentage of those who watch television shows that focus on Las Vegas or poker: 50-60

Number of states that operate Native American casinos: 28

Amount consumers spent on gaming in Las Vegas in 2004: $10.562 billion

Total gross gaming revenue for the Las Vegas Strip in 2004: $5.333 billion

Number-one casino market in the U.S.: Las Vegas

Second largest casino market in the U.S.: Atlantic City, New Jersey

Percentage more that casino players earn over the average American: 17

Average age of a U.S. casino customer: 46

Percentage of U.S. casino customers with some form of college/associate’s degree: 29

Percentage of U.S. casino customers who hold white-collar jobs: 45

Percentage of U.S. casino customers who are retired: 17

According to polling conducted by the Luntz Research Companies, percentage of people who believe that taking reasonable risks — be it playing the stock market or blackjack in a casino — plays an important role in American life: 83

Percentage of those who consider Las Vegas the most fun city in America: 17

Year New Jersey residents voted to legalize casino gambling in Atlantic City: 1976

Year casino gambling was legalized in Nevada: 1931

Year limited-stakes riverboat casinos opened in Iowa: 1991

Year the first online casino was launched: 1995

Number of online casino companies worldwide by 2000: 250-300

Number of Internet gambling sites worldwide offering various wagering options, including sports betting, casino games, lotteries and bingo in 2000: 1,800

Internet-gambling revenue estimates for 2003: $5.691 billion

Estimated yearly revenue by 2009: $16.929 billion

According to Christiansen Capital Advisors (CCA), estimated number of people who gambled on the Internet in 2003: 12 million

Number of those from the U.S.: Approximately 4.5 million

Number of years it takes for gamblers who play traditional games like cards to develop a problem: 3.5

Number of years it takes for slot-machine players: 1

Number of Americans who meet “problem gambling” personality criteria: 10 million

Number of calls from gamblers to the California Council on Problem Gambling’s crisis hot line in 2004: 3,400

Average total amount lost by callers: $32,000

Number of people in the U.S. who have been “pathological gamblers” at some time in their lives, according to a 1999 report by the National Gambling Impact Study Commission: 3 million

Percentage of gamblers addicted to gambling over an entire lifetime: 1.5

To drugs: 6.2

To alcohol: 13.8

Total social costs of problem and pathological gambling, according to a 1999 National Opinion Research Center study: $5 to $6 billion

Out of 843 seniors polled, percentage of those who reported gambling at least once in the past year, according to a study published in the January issue of the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry: 70

Percentage of those seniors considered “at risk” gamblers — people who bet more than they can afford to lose: 11

Number of people who visited Las Vegas in 1999: 33.8 million

In 2000: 35.8 million

Number of those who were convention delegates: More than 3.8 million

Number of hotel/motel rooms available in 2000: 124,270

Number of air carriers served by Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport — the eighth busiest airport in the world: 51

Average number of flights a day: 980

In the first four months of 2001, number of passengers that passed through McCarran International Airport: 18.5 million

Number of cabs that service metropolitan Las Vegas: 965

Approximate number of marriage licenses issued per day in Las Vegas: 230

Year the three-millionth marriage certificate was recorded in Clark County: 2000

Number of slot machines in Las Vegas for every eight residents: 1

Number of the top twenty hotels in the world that are located in Las Vegas: 17

Year the Las Vegas Townsite was established: 1905

Year the City of Las Vegas was incorporated: 1911

Year the first commercial airline flight (Western Airlines) arrived in Las Vegas: 1926

Year gangster Bugsy Siegel opened the Flamingo Hotel: 1946

Year the Nevada Legislature created the Gaming Control Board: 1955

Year the Nevada Gaming Commission was created by the Nevada Legislature: 1959


All-access pass to top stories, events and offers around town.

Sign Up >

No Thanks!

Remind Me Later >