How Many Casinos Are in the World? (Over 9284, by the way.)

Image of the Earth With Dice and Casino Chips Faded in Background

Casinos are one of the most exciting and mystical forms of entertainment around. Players flock to them all around the globe. From the luxurious spa filled resorts of Europe to the smoke filled rows of slot machines in North Carolina. Gamblers roll in by the bus load with cash in hand in hopes of winning big.

Gambling is big business internationally. Almost every country in the world has casinos. With the exception of China, most of the countries without casinos are either predominantly Muslim or are remote island nations without the ability to attract many tourists. The U.S. alone has more casinos within its borders and on Indian reservations than the next ten countries combined.

Of the five most populated countries – China, India, United States, Indonesia, and Brazil – only the U.S. and India have licensed casinos, and there are only a few in India. Obviously, China is a major feeder market for other Asian gambling jurisdictions including the special administrative region of Macau, the Philippines, and South Korea.

Indians with discretionary income take to the internet to gamble, and many Indonesians travel to nearby casinos like Resorts World Sentosa and Marina Bay Sands in Singapore; Resorts World Genting in Malaysia, or to Entertainment City in Parañaque, Metro Manila where they will find a sort of mini-Macau.

The 5th most populous country in the world, Brazil, seems to be on the verge of passing casino legislation. If it does, expect to see big international players like Las Vegas Sands Corp, MGM Resorts, Caesars Entertainment, Wynn Resorts and even possibly a few big names from Macau throw their hats into the ring for integrated casino resort licenses there.

Who wouldn’t want to add world class casino gambling to their Rio de Janeiro vacation?

Let’s examine region by region how many casinos dot the landscape.

Africa (253)

As the world’s second largest continent, in terms of both landmass and population, assessing the state of gambling in Africa on the whole is a huge undertaking.

After all, the area is home to no less than 54 individual sovereign nations, each operating under its own unique system of governance and rule of law. Among them, countries like Libya and South Africa are about as different as any two places on the planet.

Climate, culture, cuisine, and indeed, the law has developed distinctive qualities in each and every one of Africa’s disparate collection of countries.

Below are a list of countries in Africa with casinos:

  • Algeria (3)
  • Angola (3)
  • Benin (1)
  • Botswana (10)
  • Cameroon (2)
  • Democratic Republic of Congo (2)
  • Djibouti (2)
  • Egypt (26)
  • Equatorial Guinea (8)
  • Gabon (1)
  • Gambia (1)
  • Ghana (7)
  • Ivory Coast (1)
  • Kenya (14)
  • Lesotho (1)
  • Liberia (2)
  • Madagascar (2)
  • Malawi (3)
  • Mali (1)
  • Mauritius (27)
  • Morocco (7)
  • Mozambique (2)
  • Namibia (3)
  • Nigeria (2)
  • Rwanda (1)
  • Sao Tome and Principe (1)
  • Senegal (5)
  • Seychelles (6)
  • South Africa (83)
  • Swaziland (4)
  • Tanzania (4)
  • Tunisia (3)
  • Uganda (4)
  • Zambia (2)
  • Zimbabwe (9)

Asia (328)

Inhabitants of Asia account for more than 60% of the worldwide population so it is predictable that it is currently the largest gambling market in the world. Many gambling games that originated in Asia are now played worldwide.

China is home to a range of different forms of betting such as lotteries, sports markets and slot machines. Some of the forms of betting available are actually illegal with non-approved sites, such as poker, various casino games and sports betting.

Wide Shot of Casinos in Macau

It is no surprise that Asia is the biggest gambling market in the world given the size of the continent, however the laws in regards to gambling do vary from country to country. At present in some countries it is entirely legal to gamble, others ban it entirely.

Whereas it is just heavily regulated in places, such as India, which is seeing a massive growth in online gambling at present, even though gambling is very restricted throughout the country.

Perhaps the most shocking to me were the inclusion of North Korea and Iraq as Asian countries that do have at least 1 casino.

Here’s your breakdown of casinos in Asia:

  • Armenia (5)
  • Bahrain (1)
  • Cambodia (31)
  • China (3)
  • Hong Kong (10)
  • India (23)
  • Iraq (1)
  • Israel (6)
  • Japan (25)
  • Kazakhstan (13)
  • Laos (3)
  • Lebanon (2)
  • Macau (49)
  • Malaysia (5)
  • Myanmar (5)
  • Nepal (12)
  • North Korea (2)
  • Philippines (70)
  • Saudi Arabia (1)
  • Singapore (4)
  • South Korea (23)
  • Sri Lanka (8)
  • Thailand (2)
  • Turkey (9)
  • Turkmenistan (2)
  • United Arab Emirates (4)
  • Vietnam (9)

Europe (3785)

Travelling to Europe is a rite of passage for people from all over the world. The continent consists of 50 countries, each with a rich heritage, national history, and unique relationship to the world of gambling.

From gaming hotspots like Monaco and the French Riviera to lesser known markets like Croatia and Poland, the entirety of Europe is a perfect travel destination for gamblers.

European hospitality sets the standard by which the rest of the world’s tourist trade is judged. You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on hotel stays in places like France, England, or Italy. Of course, you may spend that much, especially if you’re interested in opulent amenities at the region’s best casino properties.

The following European countries offer casino gambling:

  • Åland Islands (2)
  • Albania (1)
  • Austria (41)
  • Belarus (39)
  • Belgium (180)
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina (26)
  • Bulgaria (88)
  • Croatia (113)
  • Cyprus (29)
  • Czech Republic (304)
  • Denmark (19)
  • Estonia (56)
  • Finland (128)
  • France (461)
  • Georgia (14)
  • Germany (432)
  • Gibraltar (1)
  • Greece (11)
  • Hungary (11)
  • Ireland (80)
  • Isle of Man (1)
  • Italy (22)
  • Kosovo (1)
  • Latvia (106)
  • Lithuania (130)
  • Luxembourg (1)
  • Macedonia (57)
  • Malta (5)
  • Moldova (4)
  • Monaco (10)
  • Montenegro (5)
  • Netherlands (152)
  • Norway (2)
  • Poland (49)
  • Portugal (11)
  • Romania (50)
  • Russia (92)
  • Serbia (40)
  • Slovakia (42)
  • Slovenia (40)
  • Spain (85)
  • Sweden (50)
  • Switzerland (32)
  • United Kingdom (762)

Caribbean (192)

Whether you have a passion for poker, soft spot for the slots or like the rush of the roulette wheel, you’ll find a winning gaming getaway in the Caribbean.

With beautiful white sand beaches and crystal clear water the Caribbean is already a top shelf  travel destination. The close proximity to the U.S. coupled with all of the other amazing features makes this a hotbed for some great casino action.

These are the island nations that offer casino gambling:

  • Antigua and Barbuda (1)
  • Aruba (12)
  • Bahamas (3)
  • Barbados (11)
  • Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba (2)
  • Curaçao (11)
  • Dominican Republic (31)
  • Guadeloupe (3)
  • Jamaica (64)
  • Martinique (3)
  • Puerto Rico (17)
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis (4)
  • Saint Lucia (1)
  • Sint Maarten (13)
  • Trinidad and Tobago (11)
  • Turks and Caicos Islands (1)
  • United States Virgin Islands (4)

Central and South America (568)

I love to bet when I travel overseas. Getting the chance to travel to exotic destinations, relax by a pool or a beach, play against fresh and unlikely competitors sounds like my idyllic vacation trip.

Right now, my eyes are set on Latin America for my next gambling frontier. I cannot wait until I get to visit one or more of the swanky casinos that are at my disposal.

Why Latin America of all places? For starters, the gambling industry in South America has grown at a constant pace and it has become one of the most dazzling gaming destinations for all the travelers that like to have a tropical spin on their casino ventures.

So, without further ado I present where you can settle in to a table:

  • Argentina (172)
  • Belize (6)
  • Brazil (4)
  • Chile (30)
  • Colombia (105)
  • Costa Rica (46)
  • El Salvador (2)
  • Guatemala (5)
  • Guyana (1)
  • Honduras (3)
  • Nicaragua (19)
  • Panama (49)
  • Paraguay (9)
  • Peru (59)
  • Suriname (6)
  • Uruguay (35)
  • Venezuela (17)

Oceania (753)

Australia is a huge country, home to both massive urban centers and remote populations. From beaches to mountains with just about every climate and geography in between, Australia is the sixth largest country in the world, some 4.5 million square miles of diverse landscape and culture.

Exterior of the Crown Melbourne Hotel and Casino

People visit Australia for different reasons. You could make an entire tour of cultural landmarks, another for native sites of interest, and another for diving and watersports.

Gambling is a cultural phenomenon in the Commonwealth. From the rabid popularity of poker machines (slot machines) to dozens of tiny poker rooms, card rooms, and mini casinos in pubs and nightclubs, to the wide availability of Australia’s extremely-popular lottery games, gambling is an integral part of Aussie culture.

While Australia is not the only nation in Oceania that offers casino gambling, it’s clearly the leader:

  • Australia (667)
  • New Caledonia (2)
  • New Zealand (70)
  • Northern Mariana Islands (1)
  • Papua New Guinea (1)
  • Réunion (4)
  • Samoa (2)
  • Solomon Islands (2)
  • Vanuatu (4)

North America (3451)

North America is home to many wonderful casinos. From the beautiful beaches of Mexico to the unique desert landscape of Las Vegas to the lush forests of Canada. Gamblers in North America love their casinos and the wonderful amenities they offer.

Here’s the breakdown of casinos by country:

  • Canada (197)
  • Mexico (365)
  • United States (2889)

Conclusion

You are probably not surprised how popular casinos have become around the world. How close was your guess of how many casinos in the world to the 9,330 covered here?

Casinos have been around for centuries and it’s clear that they will be around for centuries to come. How many of the over 9,000 do you plan to visit?