Example for Ukraine: countries that have succeeded in the "game"

Ukrainian gambling has been officially legalized for a year. In such a short period of time, KRAIL has many tasks left, and operators have questions.

However, experts have high hopes for the gaming sector. It is planned that gambling will present Ukraine in a new light for tourists, and the proceeds from licensing will go to the development of sports, health and cultural heritage.

Each of the leading countries in the gambling sector has faced challenges of legalization and regulation. Today, most of them are world tourist centers with luxury casinos and resorts.

Gamingpost.net will tell about 6 countries that can become an example for Ukraine.


Gambling in Spain is completely legal. This is a favorite pastime of the locals. Spain boasts a thriving gambling industry.

The Spaniards have a great love for gambling. Every year, 2 billion euros were spent on gambling. However, after the financial crisis of 2008, the situation changed. The Spanish government has begun to take much more control over gambling. Annual gambling costs have dropped to $418 a year.

The state national lottery (Lotería Nacional) is the most popular form of gambling in the country. The Spaniards are most excited about the El Gordo lottery. El Gordo has been around for more than 200 years and is called the "World's Largest Christmas Lottery."


The history of gambling in Greece dates back to antiquity. The very first game of chance in Ancient Greece was dice. Today, gambling has become an important sector of the local economy. Locals are reluctant to gamble, so the gambling sector is mainly aimed at tourists. A few years ago, online gambling was legalized in Greece, which gained popularity among Greeks and visitors.

Modern Greece has created facilities for tourism that are associated with gambling. These establishments are controlled by a local regulator. On average, Greeks spend $420 a year on gambling, including the cost of lottery tickets.


Norway is a country that strictly follows the rules of gambling. The gambling business is monopolized, so the state regulator monitors compliance with the rules. In Norway, gambling and real money gambling are taken seriously.

Online gambling appeared in Norway after the adoption of the basic gambling legislation. The government tried to regulate them through ancillary laws, such as banning banks from conducting transactions from online casinos. Despite this, online gambling is very popular in Norway. Numerous licensed online casinos give Norwegians access to their favorite games.

Norway's gambling policy is quite strict - only two gambling operators are allowed to run the entire industry. But even in such circumstances, people spend $ 448 a year on betting and online casinos.

Hong Kong

It is impossible to find a nation that loves gambling more than the people of Hong Kong, for the simple reason that it is almost completely forbidden in the country. However, there is one company in Hong Kong that accepts bets and organizes lotteries.

Hong Kong's favorite forms of gambling are the Mark Six lottery, mahjong, poker, horse racing and football betting, and visiting Macau Casino. The Hong Kong Jockey Club is the only operator authorized by the government to provide racing and football betting services, as well as the Mark Six lottery.

In 2019, the total turnover of the gaming sector in Hong Kong amounted to 247 billion dollars.

At the same time, the average annual expenditure of people remains at $500.


Gambling in Italy has existed for centuries in a variety of forms. They date back to Roman times as one of the favorite pastimes of the locals.

Gambling, betting and lotteries are allowed in modern Italy. To work, providers must obtain a gaming license. In 2019, the stakes in the Italian gaming industry reached about 110 billion euros, with the largest amount spent on casino games, poker chips and poker tournaments.

Italians love poker - their poker team is one of the strongest in the world. They also have great respect for casinos, as the first Italian casinos opened in the 17th century. Italians spend $ 517 a year on gambling per person.


Macau has grown thanks to China's massive globalization, which is based on foreign multinational casinos. The fast-growing economy has led to the fact that millions of people visit the resorts today.

China is strongly opposed to gambling - the authorities are pursuing illegal gambling in the country. But Macau was given the opportunity to try another model. So the small town has become a gambling Asian capital - Macao began to receive foreign investment.

Global gaming brands in Macau:

  • Wynn
  • MGM
  • Las Vegas Sands
  • Caesars Entertainment

In 2018, gambling's net profit was $38 billion. The Macau Gambling Control and Coordination Office acts as a regulator of the gambling sector in this area. There are currently 38 casinos in Macau.

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