Gambling has long been part of the American landscape. Since the1930's gambling in Las Vegas has seen a steady rise in participation and economic impact. Not only do casino visitors just visit for a day, many are traveling distances for a gambling vacation and increasingly want other types of entertainment. This has led many casinos to offer concert venues and shows, spas, and other amenities for broader appeal.
The traditional hubs of Las Vegas, Atlantic City, and Reno now complete with the rise of other locations including the rapidly expanding destinations run by the various Native American tribes. In the United States, the largest markets are:
The gradual spread of gambling and casinos throughout the U.S. not only reflects the participation of Native Americans in this industry but also reflects the fact that many states have loosened restrictions on casinos and legalized sports betting in the wake of the 2018 Supreme Court decision in the New Jersey case, Murphy v. National Collegiate Athletic Association. This has meant the rise of other top locations including Baltimore/Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Mississippi Gulf Coast, St. Louis, The Poconos (PA), Boulder Strip, Kansas City (Kan. and Mo.), Reno/Sparks, NV, Black Hawk/Central City, CO, Tunica/Lula, MS, and in Louisiana, Lake Charles, New Orleans, Shreveport, and Bossier City. You can use our Doing Company Research guide to research individual companies and locales.
Below we have included a few titles that are historical in nature but most focus predominantly on the current industry. You can use our Doing Industry Research guide for more information on search strategies and using SIC/NAICS codes in industry research specifically with relation to Census data.
The following materials link to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Links to digital content are provided when available. Also, see the General Resources section as some of the books included there get into specific areas as part of the larger sector.
Researching the modern industry will require looking to the industry related web resources. Below are a few of note. Many of the accounting/consulting firms like Ernst & Young, KPMG, and PWC publish their own industry analysis either for the United States or with an international focus, but they are not included below.