Many Asian countries have an active gaming industry yet limited published information about the industry's development, operation, impact, or resident opinions is available. The purposes of this study were to examine residents' opinions on various forms of gaming and to identify factors influencing their support for legalized soccer betting. Telephone interviews were undertaken with 449 Hong Kong residents. Respondents' opinions were divided on most gaming issues, including the recently announced authorization of soccer betting. Soccer betting's association with potential economic benefits was the strongest indicator of respondents' support for its legalization. Soccer betting proponents were generally more supportive of all other forms of gaming activities.
- Asian gaming
- Hong Kong
- Resident opinions
- Soccer betting
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Geography, Planning and Development
- Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management