Gaming is growing industry in United States and many states are legalizing more and more casinos in order to earn higher tax incomes. According to the American Gaming Association (AGA), the growth of gaming revenue in the last three years has been so high that it took its value as second-highest in history of gambling. Commercial casinos employed 332,075 people, paid wages of $13.2 billion, contributed $8.60 billion in direct gaming taxes and earned $37.34 billion in gross gaming revenue. Casino statistics are showing us that in 2012 consumers have spent 4.8% more on gambling in commercial casinos than in 2011. The largest increases were in Kansas (+603.7%), Maryland (+142.6%), Maine (+66.9%) and New York (+43.1%). According to that, gaming tax contributions also rose in most of the states. Some states (like New Jersey and Delaware) have experienced drops due to higher competition and new casinos in nearby markets.
According to AGA’s casino statistics, approximately 31,200 workers were directly employed in the sector during 2012 and they’ve earned $2.3 billion in salaries and wages. According to Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average wage of the sector’s worker in the 2012 reached approximately $73,300 which was 60% higher than the U.S. average annual wage of $45,790. VP Communications and national pollster Peter D. Hart have conducted a national public opinion survey on individuals who had visited a casino in the past year. More than one-third (34%) have visited casinos in the past 12 months and the highest rate of casino visits had young adults with age 21-35. According to them, the most popular form of gambling in the 2012 was lottery. Among the overall sample of casino visitors, the most popular game are electronic gambling machines, where slot machines and video poker were the ones most liked.