Gamblers around the world lost $440 billion last year, and the industry is growing. The US is the biggest market, but Australians lose the most.
Data from British consultants H2 Gambling Capital shows that Australians lost the most per person of the countries surveyed, while the Germans and the Dutch lost the least.
The games people play vary by country: Australians like non-casino gaming machines, while Singaporeans favor casinos and lotteries. Finns, Danes and the Irish favor interactive gambling-done online, through the TV, or on a mobile phone-over other forms, according to a chart attached to the story.
China is rising in the ranks-it went from being the tenth-biggest gambling market to the second, though no data is available on how much Chinese themselves actually lose. The biggest overall market is still the United States, where gamblers lost a total of $119 billion-about a quarter of the global total.
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