Online gambling a multibillion dollar industry
By Martin Merzer | Published: January 19, 2009
By its very nature as a semi-underground industry, Internet gambling defies precise analysis of its global and national scope. But several organizations have developed estimates that seem to exist within a similar range.
It is generally accepted that the first Internet gambling site came online in mid-1995, some have come and gone since then, and several thousand sites now exist.
Christiansen Capital Advisors, a firm that tracks online and other forms of gambling, estimates that the industry currently accounts for about $22 billion a year in global revenue, a number that will grow to nearly $25 billion a year by 2010.
About half of that will be wagered by Americans, the company says.
The U.S. General Accounting Office, in a December 2002 report, provided similar statistics, saying that "U.S. customers are reported to constitute anywhere from 50 to 70 percent of total operator revenues from Internet gambling."
Those who support federal regulation and taxing of Internet gambling -- rather than its ban -- cite a December 2007 study by PricewaterhouseCoopers.
It found that taxes on the industry could pump $8.7 billion to $17.6 billion into the U.S. Treasury during the next 10 years, depending on which -- if any -- states opt out of a regulatory plan. If sports leagues agree to participate, $42.8 billion could be produced, according to the PricewaterhouseCoopers study.
See related: Internet gambling regulations finalized
- Equal Credit Opportunity Act: Protection from credit discrimination – An August 2017 discrimination settlement against American Express highlights why regulators and consumers need to be more wary ...
- Credit freeze costs come under fire – Following the data breach at Equifax, consumers, lawmakers ask: Why should we pay for credit bureau's blunder? ...
- Q&A: What to know, what to do about Equifax data breach – The data taken from credit bureau Equifax handed powerful tools for identity thieves, experts say. Here are steps to monitor your accounts and protect your identity from being hijacked ...