You might already think you know the top one for this answer, but even I have to admit that I was surprised at the numbers involved in this list. So let’s tighten up our wallets and discover what is the world’s top 10 nations that spend the most on gambling…
10 – Spain (Annual Losses: £337.64 pp)
What you will come to discover about several of these nations is some gamble in different ways to others. Spain here spends most of the gambling money in sports bookies like William Hill.
9 – Greece (Annual Losses: £339.26 pp)
When you talk about gambling you might think of casinos or online gambling, but gambling has been of interest to the Greeks since ancient times and it is said that Poker originated with them. Most of their gambling money also goes onto bookies.
8 – Norway (Annual Losses: £361.87 pp)
This one might be a real surprise to most people as gambling in Norway is illegal for the most part! But there are still a few companies that are allowed to host casinos, but most the money spent is with online casinos.
7 – Hong Kong (Annual Losses: £406.30 pp)
It wasn’t until 1977 that people were finally allowed to gamble for leisure and entertainment. Even today it is tightly controlled by the government.
6 – Italy (Annual Losses: £417.61 pp)
One of the biggest gambling spends in Italy is a sort of bingo game called ‘Lo Giuoco del Lotto D’Italia’, but let’s face it, gambling has been with Italy since the Roman times.
5 – Finland (Annual Losses: £446.69 pp)
In Finland, it is all about the lottos. Both national ones and Euro ones. Sometimes these lottos have jackpots in the 100+ million.
4 – Canada (Annual Losses: £458.80 pp)
It is illegal to run an Internet gambling site Canada, but that doesn’t stop the people playing it hosted in other countries and that is where most their gambling money goes.
3 – Ireland (Annual Losses: £474.96 pp)
When it comes to Ireland it is all about the horse racing. While they do have a national lotto and loads of online sites, the track racing is still by far the biggest earner of their gambling cash.
2 – Singapore (Annual Losses: £948.30 pp)
Stats show us that tourists spend more money on shopping than gambling. But it is the locals who are the gamblers in this country.
1 – Australia (Annual Losses: £1040.39 pp)
Australia possesses over 20% of the world’s gaming machines (pokies) and when it comes to poker many of the top players in the world are Australian. Probably because they spend so much time playing their pokies machines. Or maybe it is because Australians can keep cool while under the hottest of situations.