Nevada leads the way in US problem gambling - report

Nevada leads the way in US problem gambling - report

Thursday, April 28, 2016 Totally Gaming
Wallethub rated the 50 US states in terms of in terms of gambling-friendliness and gambling problem and treatment

Problem gambling is most prevalent in Nevada and least likely in Utah, according to a new study into gambling across the US.

Analysts from finance website Wallethub compared the 50 states in terms of ‘gambling-friendliness’ and ‘gambling problem and treatment’. Such topics covered in ‘gambling-friendliness’ included the number of commercial and tribal casinos per capita, number of gaming machines per capita, presence of illegal gambling operations, legality of daily fantasy sports, among others.

‘Gambling problem and treatment’ included criteria such as the number of state residents with diagnosed gambling disorders, the availability of problem gambling treatment options and the number of gambling-related arrests.

Nevada topped the ‘most addicted’ ranking with an overall score of 57.0, just ahead of South Dakota’s 56.6. The two states tied for the most number of casinos per capita, and also ranked first and second, respectively, in gaming machines per capita. Minnesota and Mississippi were found to have the highest numbers of adults with gambling disorders, followed by Louisiana, while New Jersey and Ohio tied for fourth.

Author Richie Bernardo said that some form of gambling is present in every state, even those where the activity is prohibited by law, as it is in Hawaii and Utah. However, WalletHub study found that most people are able to keep their gambling in check or refrain from it all together.

“When the business or pleasure gets out of control, gambling becomes a real medical condition. Gambling disorder, as the affliction is known, affects slightly more than two per cent of all US adults,” Bernardo said.

TotallyGaming.com says: “The study in the main seems to suggest a link between the availability of legal gambling and problematic behaviour, although Hawaii ranked midway on the chart despite a complete ban. It is interesting to see the comparison between states, although the methodology of data collection may be questioned by some.”

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