Online Gambling Responsibly is the Best Bet

Published Wednesday, April 02, 2014 -
Online Gambling Responsibly is the Best Bet

It may not be a problem for the majority of punters that know how to be realistic and only risk as much as you are prepared to lose but there are also a number of players who have a problem. Admitting to oneself that something you participate in has you addicted is the hard part for many. That addiction can be changing the way you want your life to go and it is causing harm to you and your family.

Facts on land based forms of gambling are relatively easy to find but internet gambling is a relatively new activity and accurate information on online gambling statistics are not conclusive or very comprehensive. Most people can gamble responsibly but an approximate 3 percent of that group present  issues with control. Out of control gambling was recognized as a clinical disorder back in 1980 with little being known yet about the internet’s effect on the gambler.

The first online casino launched in August of 1996 called the InterCasino, it was based in Antigua and only eighteen games were offered then. There are now thousands of internet gambling websites and thousands of new games appearing each day. Playing on "free" internet gambling websites is a common activity for teenagers and young adults who are tech savvy and already involved in the culture of the internet. The first online poker site PlanetPoker started in 1998 and now there are millions of people playing online poker and the online game has become legal again in parts of America. The demographic for online addictions in general is the young male.

The basic problem with any addiction is availability. If there are coffee shops everywhere and you are addicted to coffee it may be harder to control the urge to have one more. The interent is available almost everywhere now so the availability of online gambling is there too. Making a choice between work and online betting could be a hard one.





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