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Betting Billions

Betting Billions

A new annual report issued by Eilers & Krejcik Gaming outlines the total gaming spend by category in the United States. The first report for 2021 reveals that Americans spent more than $147 billion on gambling activities last year, and also demonstrates that commercial and tribal gaming enterprises encompass 58 percent of all gaming spend. Lottery is the next largest category at 25 percent. The report also separates online spend from traditional wagering, and estimates online spend at 7 percent of the market. Most categories increased significantly in a five-year cycle, with sports betting (+112 percent), online casino and poker (+82 percent) and online lottery (+56 percent) leading the way. Only card clubs (-1.5 percent) and parimutuel racing (-6.2 percent) experienced a decline during that period. To obtain a copy of total gaming spend by category report, contact Rick Eckert, managing director, slot performance and analytics for Eilers & Krejcik Gaming at

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