Gambling Online provokes many conflicting strong view points when ever the subject is raised.
Online gambling (in my opinion) is a better financial proposition for most gamblers than land based casino gambling.
My reasons for making this claim for online gambling are –
online casinos have substantially higher payout percentages than land based casinos (usually about 8% or slightly more) with the margin for slot machine players providing the greatest difference
when gambling online, skilled poker and blackjack players can play at multiple tables simultaneously thus allowing them to play many more hands per hour than what they can play in a land based casino thus increasing their average winning rate per hour
for skilled blackjack players using a basic strategy, it is a way to avoid or at least limit the unwanted attention one usually receives when identified as a highly skilled player in land based casinos. One prominent investigation company provides services to casinos to assist them to identify known card counters
the ability to play when you choose and for as long or as short a time as you choose in the comfort of your own home
the skilled player is not restricted to only playing at busy times to reduce the risk of gaining unwanted attention as often happens in land based casinos
no expenses are incurred in getting to or from the casino
when gambling online, no time is wasted traveling to or from a casino
no time is spent getting dressed to go out
you do not run the risk of being mugged for your winnings on your way home
the online player has the ability to play regularly at many different and geographically dispersed online casinos – doing the same at land based casinos would incur major travel expenses and for most of us, time and budget constraints would make this an impossible dream. This also allows the skilled player to keep a lower profile by having accounts at multiple casinos and playing only a limited number of times per month at each casino
almost all online casinos give players the option to register and play for free so that they can familiarize themselves with the software and hone their gaming skills before they start playing for real. When they feel comfortable with the software, they can, if they choose, make a deposit and play for real
some online casinos will give you ten dollars and a few will give you up to twenty dollars so you can play for real without making an initial deposit. There are published accounts of people who have won very substantial amounts of money with their free ten dollars
a few online casinos offer bets as low as one cent. This allows novices to play for real and learn to play the games properly without risking any serious amount of money. At times when play money is short, one can while away a few hours for the outlay of a small amount of money, even when Lady Luck is frowning upon you! It also allows the experienced player to test new gaming strategies without risking serious money – no land based casino can afford to offer such low bets because of their higher overheads
Large new player cash bonuses (for registering as a new player at an online casino) on first deposits, gives the player a substantial advantage over the casino when playing with their combined initial deposit and cash bonus.
both multi player poker and online bingo players have access to live chat which provides a social atmosphere which at times also prevails in land based casinos
Few people think about the demographics of the online gambling community, and even fewer consider the reasons for those demographics. If one takes a second however to consider the question, the results are fascinating. Women do gamble online; according to some reports, they actually make up the majority of the online gambling community, taking the once traditionally male arena of card games and casinos and making it their own. So, is there a reason why women gamble, and do they gamble more than in bricks and mortar casinos?
The overwhelming answer to the second question is ‘yes’. While women make up over 50% of the online gaming community, reports indicate that the land based casino population is still largely male, although there are some areas such as the slots that are just about female dominated, and roulette tends to be a fairly evenly split. It does in fact seem that women’s interests do lie most heavily with the online industry.
There are several reasons that have stated to explain why women gamble online in such masses. In non-urban areas many women partake in online gaming as a means of entertainment; largely house wives and retirees who enjoy passing the time in this manner. Furthermore, it is the women in most households that have the most purchasing power: they spend more time online at home than men do both for shopping, entertainment and logistical needs. This type of woman is financially secure and gambles for entertainment and relaxation. Why online rather than in a land based casino isn’t just a question of ease and opportunity however. Online casinos offer women both physical and emotional security coupled with comfort and the appeal of distraction.
Studies comparing women’s playing habits online in comparison to land based casinos proffer some interesting results. In land based casino the head to head strategy games such as poker are very much the men’s domain. Online however, women play virtually every game on offer. The reason may be that in a faceless online site, women fee
Here is a list of things you absolutely must NOT do when gambling online.
1. Don’t ever sign up on an online casino gambling site unless you do a background check first. There are many fly-by-night online casino gambling websites floating around on the internet. There are also many websites that give very good advice as to which online casino websites are legit and which are rogues. With all the chat rooms and gambling forums out there to ask for advice or tips as to which of those out there are the scams sites. There is no excuse for you not to safe guard yourself and check these websites out. You will have no one but yourself to blame if you find yourself in deep trouble later on in the game.
2. Do not install malicious software onto your computer that will trick the online casino site to believe you have hit the jackpot, as this can result in serious consequences. You can bet the online casinos will find out one way or the other. This is also true of some online casino websites, they have software that you have to download before you can play online and some of these programs have hidden malware programs that trick you into thinking that you are losing. Everybody who is into gambling are aware of these two sides of the coin, so to speak. This is a no win situation on either side’s part, not the online player or the online casino.
3. Never start gambling at the higher stakes games, as you will stand a larger chance of losing your money much faster, and your play time will be cut short. Furthermore if you do not set a limit as to how much cash you can afford to gamble on any given day, you can soon find yourself out of cash, and then you will probably try to get some more cash to gamble, you might start dipping into the money for the groceries, or the car insurance, and this situation can escalate to a horrible crisis.
4. If you are winning and the time you have set to stop playing arrives, do not continue to play take your winnings and call it a day. You can always log back in tomorrow. You know the story about the dog with two bones and what happened to him right? Don’t let greed make you lose everything.