Statistics about Poker in the U.S.

1. Estimated 55 million Americans played poker in 2005 (source: Luntz, Maslansky Strategic Research, 2006)

2. Estimated 15 Million Americans play online poker for money (source: Ipsos-Reid, 2005)

3. 74% of Americans oppose a ban on internet poker (source: ICR, 2006)

4. 91% of Americans believe that all online gambling should be legalized in the United States (source: CNBC)

5. 78% of Americans do not think it is appropriate for the federal government to restrict what adults do on the Internet in the privacy of their own homes. (source: Zogby International, 2006)

6. $3.3 Billion could be raised for the federal government if the U.S. simply regulated the game (source: Internet Poker Industry and Revenue Analysis by Judy Xanthopoulos, Ph.D., 2006)

7. U.S. players represent at least 75 percent and as much as 90 percent of all Internet poker players (source: MECN, 2005)

8. Estimated 2.9 million young people between the ages of 14 and 22 gamble on cards on a weekly basis. (source: Annenberg Public Policy Center, 2005)
[note: PPA believes that poker is an adult game and that children should be actively prohibited from playing online.]

More information:

American Gaming Association’s 2006 State of the States: The AGA Survey of Casino Entertainment (includes: Spotlight on Poker) [pdf]

Ark Sports Limited’s The Global Business of Poker Report (2006) [summary]

MECN’s Online Poker – Driving Gambling to New Heights (2005) [summary]

National Annenberg Risk Survey of Youth – Card Playing Trend in Young People Continues (2005) [press release]


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