Gambling in Europe is overall a popular activity. Within some nations it’s much more popular than others. Laws also differ greatly between nations. One of the most successfully blooming nations in Europe, in regards to gambling, is Latvia.
In the 50’s, horseracing was a very popular activity, but that all came to an end when the sports main venue, the Hippodrome in Riga, burnt to the ground. The sport was soon after prohibited by law, and only made a comeback in the early nineties when the nation regained its independence. In 1991, the first casino was built in the country. Now they have 50!