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The Average Casino Gambler

Gambling is a popular pastime that dates back thousands of years. Although modern casinos add a wide variety of luxurious extras to lure customers, they are primarily places where people can play games of chance for money. Casinos can be found in a variety of places from Atlantic City to Native American reservations, but they are most commonly located in the United States.

While lighted fountains, stage shows and shopping centers can all help bring in customers, the billions of dollars in profits raked in by casinos come from gambling games like slots, blackjack, roulette, craps and baccarat. In most cases, these games have a mathematically determined advantage for the house, which is known as the house edge. Casinos also earn money from table games where players compete against one another, such as poker. They do this through a commission, or rake, taken by the casino for each hour of play.

The average casino gambler is a forty-six year old female from a household with above-average income. She is likely to have a college degree, but not necessarily a graduate degree. These statistics are based on surveys conducted by Roper Reports GfK NOP and the U.S. Gaming Panel.

If you want to know more about a particular game, ask a casino employee. They see hundreds of visitors each week and will have a good idea where the “hot” machines are. However, if you are a big spender they may not be willing to share that information with you because it’s against company policy.