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Survey: highlights and gambler’s profile

Aug 13, 2002 12:13 PM

Highlights from the gambling survey conducted by Roper Reports, which polled 2,000 adults. Margin of error is 3 percent.

”¡ The typical casino player is middle-aged and female. The median age is 46, with casino participation peaking in the 51-56 age group.

”¡ Gamblers are more inclined (53 percent vs. 41 percent) to believe they have or will have enough money to live comfortably during their senior years.

”¡ Gamblers are more avid readers and are far more likely to be out-and-about eating at restaurants, traveling on weekends, going to cultural events and engaging in other activities outside the home.

”¡ Casino players are more likely to feel a strong affinity with three distinct communities: workplace (47 percent vs. 36 percent for non-gamblers), professional groups or unions (18 percent vs. 9 percent) and college or school alumni associations (15 percent vs. 8 percent).

”¡ Casino players are more inclined to participate in civic and political affairs. They are more likely than non-gamblers to have signed a petition (34 percent vs. 25 percent); attended a public, town or school meeting (22 percent vs. 14 percent); or served as an officer of a club or organization (10 percent vs. 6 percent). When it comes to betting habits, the survey found:

”¡ 53.2 million adults made a total of 303.3 million trips to gamble at casinos last year, or an average of 5.7 visits per gambler per year. That’s a national participation rate of 27 percent of the population.

”¡ Players prefer slot machines and video poker machines to table games: 74 percent vs. 14 percent, with 8 percent expressing no preference.

”¡ Table games are most popular among younger adults and least popular among the country’s oldest casino players. Men are almost twice as likely as women to report table games as their favorite type of casino gambling.