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Social and economic benefits of casino businesses

by John Saunders
17th Jun 21 10:38 am

Many people think of gambling and casinos as a scourge on a town, but that isn’t the case. Gambling has only been privatised in Sweden within the past few years; however, people often share mistrust about casino tourist locations.

Looking at the casino resort experience of Macau and the traditions of casinos in Europe, such as the Monte Carlo in Monaco, there’s no doubt that casinos are economically and socially beneficial. Our Swedish casino expert Carlos Norberg notes that most in-person casinos in Europe operate similar to the modern Swedish model, where private casinos are given licenses to operate. Private casinos then pay tax revenues as any other business would.

Sweden, like other Scandinavian nations, has been slow to develop its gambling and entertainment sector. Even so, the online casino market in Sweden is striving greatly due to the Coronavirus pandemic and extensive interest.

A quick look at history

While private gambling companies have only been around for the past couple hundred years, gambling and casinos have been around independently for a very long time. When the Casino de Monte Carlo in Monaco first opened people from all across Europe came to Monaco to try their luck. To this day, the casino and tourist industry is the most crucial fuel of economic activity in Monaco.

Across the Atlantic, Las Vegas is infamously known for being the most prominent casino city in the world. Many important comics, entertainers, and high rollers have made their start in Vegas. Vegas has become a very wealthy city, uniquely known for interchangeably catering to all sorts of visitors from different walks of life.

The social benefits

Gambling businesses benefits are often understated by the public, especially in terms of the gain communities get from having casinos in their towns.

Casinos earn cities a lot of income, driving population growth. Cities with larger populations allow for more diverse cultural experiences and institutions. Art scenes thrive within casino cities. Most people don’t experience Las Vegas without seeing a broadway show or a magician.

Furthermore, casinos and gambling parlours provide a fun and cheap recreational activity for a slow day. It’s hard to separate Japanese culture from pachinko, which makes up 4% of Japan’s GDP. The same is true in more Western countries with casinos, especially blackjack, poker, and slots.

Many television events cover professional poker and gambling. For example, the World Series of Poker drives international viewers and participants every year to Las Vegas, and similar events bring people to other casino cities. Movies also showcase many cities that have casinos.

The casino industry impacts the flow of labour for the better. More organised work activity, resulting from the creation of casinos, increases the safety of a city. With greater employment opportunities, people are less driven to crime or drug abuse. More jobs also mean that the economy is fueled more, leading to even more employment opportunities.

The economic benefits

It may be hard to understand how people who play slot machines benefit the economy so much, but you should take a deeper look at how casinos operate. Many casinos in Sweden still operate under a public license, which means direct revenue flows towards the taxpayers. In other countries, payment is collected and heavily taxed, funding larger infrastructure endeavours for growing cities.

The casino industry also allows for other tourism-type sectors to grow. Many casinos cater to vacationers with all-inclusive experiences, including an open bar, spa, and easily accessible food. What would Las Vegas be without its buffets?

Areas with great cash flow and significant tourism are popular spots for financial institutions to build locations. By catering to wealthier institutions and individuals within your city, cities can earn greater tax revenue and fuel more small business niches.

Markets tend to grow horizontally and vertically, which allows for many businesses to develop alongside other companies. For example, casinos often are built within hotels and offer a large public venue for events. Casino managers looking to fill these venues bring entertainers, conferences, and conventions which further fuel economic development.


Casino towns get a bad rep for being dirty places with grimy people. In reality, casinos provide entertainment to people and a great variety of jobs for people with varying educational levels. In addition, tourism revenue helps fund public infrastructure, which improves the quality and security of casino cities.


Please play responsibly. For more information and advice visit www.begambleaware.org

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