Some aspects of this topic are currently in the news, so I'll start this guide with news sources. Remember that a good news article may mention relevant research, associations, experts, issues, and perspectives -- all of which are great clues for you to explore in the rest of the sources on this guide (and beyond!)
- Sample: See this 2014 issue with a cover story on attracting millennials and this Casinos section from their site.
- (Apparently there is quite a bit of concern in the casino industry about Millennials not liking gambling. A quick Google search will get you lots of news stories, blog posts, etc. on this topic. As with all news, be sure to evaluate each fact carefully, and follow the clues to deeper sources.)
- Browse the Industry field for the Leisure/Arts/Hospitality>Gambling Industries category to focus your search on articles about Gambling.
- Canadian Newsstream covers major and smaller Canadian newspapers. Start with this rough search
- Factiva covers over 35,000 news sources, including all the major Canadian newspapers.
- CBC often has stories on money laundering in casinos.
Vancouver Sun (Note: the Sun is also provided in the first two databases on this list - useful if you hit a paywall at their site)
- The Sun has published many articles about both money laundering and debt issues in BC casinos.
Gaming is a heavily regulated business, which means that governments at many levels keep a close eye on the industry. For researchers, that means that governments are likely to have reports and statistics, and they are likely to be free! Here are a few examples:
- Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada - Casinos
- Financial performance - Canadian Industry Statistics - Casinos
- The "money laundering" aspect of this topic is a moving target -- governments and companies are bringing in new regulations that you will need to be aware of as you develop your recommendations. For instance, see this recent (July 14) news story from the Vancouver Sun: "Ottawa amends law to improve money-laundering prosecutions, more recommendations await implementation."
Canadian Gaming Association Samples
American Gaming Association Samples
- State of the States 2018: The AGA Survey of the Commercial Casino Industry
- Investing in America's Financial Security: Casinos' Commitment to Anti-Money Laundering Compliance
- Rough exploratory search to start you off
2. You will likely come across many mentions of the Peter German report on money laundering. There are actually two such reports: Dirty Money (March 31, 2018) and Dirty Money, Part 2 (March 31, 2019). Check the BC government's news portal for more news on money laundering.
3. Vividata Although it is complex to use, our Vividata database may be worth exploring. It contains data on the demographics of Canadians who have answered the following questions (among many others):
- Casinos - Personally Visited Past 12 Mths
- Casinos - # Times Visited Past 3 Mths
- Casinos - Types Visited Past 3 Mths
- Includes Point, Counterpoint, Overview, and Guide to Analysis reports on Gambling in Canada. Click on any of them, then explore the links to related articles on the left side of the screen.
5. Market/Industry Reports
- Start with reports such as...
- Gambling in Canada,
- Casino Hotels in the US,
- Global Casinos & Online Gambling, and
- Lotteries & Native American Casinos.
- Once you are logged into Mergent Intellect, click on First Research to get to reports on Gambling & Casino Hotels industries.
6. Public Opinion Polls
Many public opinion polling firms track topics such as casinos and money laundering. See below for a couple options, with examples of possibly-relevant studies. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of each study to see if they offer free data tables/tabulations!
- Three in Four (76%) BC Residents Support Public Inquiry into Money Laundering at Casinos & Most (72%) Trust It to Expose the Truth
- Full House: Engaging Today's Player in Canadian Casinos
- Two Thirds (64%) of Canadians Want Senate to Pass Bill Legalizing Single Event Sports Betting
<That's all for now, but please do check back later in case I add more resources and tips. MB>