While Zynga waits to make a move into the online gambling space, other Internet casinos are all in — and have been for more than a decade. This infographic shows how much the industry has grown since 1998, from online bingo and poker sites to national and state lotteries.
Online gambling grew 32 percent between 2010 and 2011, while social media usage in gambling showed a modest growth of 4.5 percent. One can only imagine how much more that will grow once the makers of FarmVille and other Facebook-friendly apps add real money to their bingo, slots, and poker games.
They also show the demographics of who is playing which kinds of games and how much money the industry brings in as a whole.