Online Poker Dominating Gambling Market, Italy To Be The Leader

In the increasing European online casino market, Italy has arisen as the continent's biggest online poker player according to the recent research. Italy's online poker sector exceeded that of all other EU countries for the first time in 2010. In the statistics distributed by chief gaming data professional H2 Capital, the UK was on top of the the European online poker market until 2009, with Italy's market mounting considerably to surpass UK figures in 2010.

The fact to consider is that Italy was one of the first major European countries to officially legalize and regulate online poker, slots and other casino games. Moreover, initially Italians were only permitted to play tournament poker online till July 2011, when laws were changed to allow Italians to play real cash poker online for the first time. 

Authorized reports from the Norwegian Gambling Commission ratify that online poker is also the major form of online casino gaming in Norway, totaling for 28% of online casino gaming activity among the surveyed players, with 27% favoring Sportsbetting and only 7% fancying other online casino games.

As for the US market, online poker also accounts for a substantial19% of US online casino gaming revenue in 2010. However due to the legal situation, slots continue to dominate, with over 800,000 slot machines across the country, now accounting for 70% of US casino floor share.

In contrast to the US market, the developing Asian casino industry demonstrates that Asian gamblers favor table games to slots by an outstanding margin. Statistics for the first quarter of 2008 show that while slots totaled for 70% of all gaming proceeds in Nevada, the figure was just 4.5% of revenue in China's flourishing casino town of Macau.


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