Online gambling has never been more popular in Canada. More than 18 million Canadians gamble on a regular basis, and the country ranks among the top 10 in the world in total gaming revenue. In this article, we will take a look at the average Canadian gambler and the most important statistics.
Gambling in Canada – numbers, and statistics
It is no doubt that online gambling is a favorite pastime among many Canadians. According to new studies, Canadians spend billions of dollars on land-based casinos, sports betting and online casinos each year. And while land-based casinos used to be the number one place for gambling, more and more are going over to online casinos which have a more extensive selection of games and higher payout percentages.
According to a study by the University of Lethbridge, the average age of Canadian online gamblers is 35 years. Around 70% of players are between 18 and 39 years, with 47% being between 20 and 29 years of age. Interestingly, more than 82% of online gamblers are male, and less than 18% are female. However, brick and mortar gambling has an equal share of men and women. Canada’s gambling industry generates more than $15 billion in revenue per year and will likely continue to grow over the coming years.
Most popular gambling games in Canada
While Canadian gamblers play anything from poker to bingo and enjoy betting on sports, the majority of players prefer to play traditional casino games such as table games and slots. With the rise of online casinos, many Canadian players choose to exclusively gamble online. Leading online casinos like TeleVega offer a wide variety of casino games, which means that players don’t have to leave their homes in order to play their favorite games. These are some of the most popular online games in Canada:
- Slots: Slots are the most popular type of casino games, and a large share of players do not play any other types of games. Most online casinos offer hundreds of slots from third-party game providers such as NetEnt, Blueprint and Big Time Gaming.
- Table games: Table games have been around in real casinos for decades, and the most classic games are also available on the internet. In online casinos, players can play roulette, blackjack, baccarat, casino hold’em and many other classic games 24 hours a day.
- Live casino games: Players who prefer playing online but miss the atmosphere and feel of a real casino can play many types of live casino games. These games are played with real dealers, cards and roulette wheels, and the games are streamed live to the players.
- Jackpot games: Many slots and casino games have a progressive jackpot that increases over time, often reaching millions of dollars before someone wins it. In January 2019, a Canadian player won more than 20 million Canadian dollars on the jackpot game Mega Moolah.
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