In the early 90’s, gambling in the casino has become one of the most popular entertainment industry in the United States. Casinos are also popular in countries like Australia, Canada, South Korea, United Kingdom and China with Macau, which is a Las Vegas version of China. With the casino industry being so expanded over the world, this proves that casino gambling is one of the most favorite leisure industry in the world.
The main purpose of the governments to introduce casino gambling is because of economic growth benefits from the casino development. In the last half-century, the policies that are promoting economic growth activities have become an integral part of the public economic sector. There are plenty of good stories of legalized casinos in the U.S and Las Vegas is the most famous example. Another example is the Tunica County, Mississippi, where with the addition of the casinos, helped the state in economic growth starting from 1992.
The greatest benefit from legalized gambling is the enjoyment people receive from the activity. The second benefit is that sometimes casinos are often wrapped with other products, like hotels and restaurants. Through the services of the casino and the quality of the services, the casino competition rises giving more benefits for the people. Unfortunately, the benefits people received are completely ignored by the researchers. However, there are some economists that have examined this kind of effect. The explanations are mostly found in books written by Hausman in 1998, Hausman and Leonard in 2002, Lancaster in 1990 and Scherer in 1979.
When the casino gambling has been introduced to a state, it had an effect of increasing product choices for people. The benefits of variation could be significant but it is difficult to measure. In 2004, Grinols ignored the casino benefits in his book, instead of mentioning them, he focused on the distance between people and the products they are choosing to carry out. His only idea of people benefiting the expanse of the casinos is that gamblers do not have to travel far to reach a casino. He sees this benefit as a trivial one while ignoring the other potential benefits of the casino expansion. Some other researchers see only the benefits of employment offered by the casino industry. If the research is towards improved quality, it will consider the benefits people receive when it comes to casinos.
However, Grinols mentioned the distance between people and the products they choose to carry out and he explained that this benefit is about trading between the product and people. He believes that with the expansion of the casino in a region, the region will attract more people in a way of tourism. Which is also a pretty good benefit of what a casino can bring.
Eadington noted in 1993 that in order to legalize the casino gaming, as well as other forms of commercial gaming and revenues, for example, other commercial gaming are stated as websites with online slots. The casino benefits need to be linked to one and another and it needs to be linked to other higher purposes, like economic rents, investment stimuli, job creation, regional economic development and revenues enhancements for deserving interest.