Less US Citizens Visit Brick-and-Mortar Casinos
A recent survey published by the Mintel Research Organization shows that a significant portion of the American citizens still play online casino games. On the other hand, the percentage of players that pay a visit to land-based casinos has gradually declined over the last ten years.
Online Gambling Legislation
The Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) has made life difficult for the ones that like to place a bet in a virtual casino, but even more so for the ones that made a living out of providing online gambling related services in the United States.
Visiting a Virtual Casino
Although these measures were aimed at preventing US citizens to take part in online casino games, still 12% of the respondents indicate that they visited an online casino over the past 12 months. Furthermore, the survey points out that men are far more likely to gamble or play poker online than females.
Online versus Land-Based Casinos
Although countless cinema blockbusters like Ocean's Eleven and The Hangover have romanticized the idea of Las Vegas and gambling in general, fewer and fewer adults take the effort to visit a brick-and-mortar casino.
Back in 2001 35% of the survey's respondents claimed to have visited a casino over the last year, a number that has decreased to 30% for the 2010 survey group. This decline has been a gradual development, suggesting that it is not caused by the financial crisis but more likely due to the growing popularity of the online gambling.