It seems we can’t get enough of casinos, with recent news that more Queensland regional towns are vying for the opportunity to have a new casino as part of an integrated resort development.

According to media reports, hopefuls include Cairns, Rockhampton, Townsville, Mackay and the Gold and Sunshine Coasts. The alleged benefits are many, including the role of casinos as a tourism magnet and a trigger for enhanced tourism development in regions. But what does the history of casino developments tell us about…