…Not to say that online casinos aren’t real, just that they aren’t “in person” real.
Over the last decade, the gaming industry has seen a boom thanks to the development of online gaming. The casino industry has benefited from this by being able to set up casinos on the internet that are easily accessible to anyone who’s got the internet. Most North American homes have access to a computer, and many people have mobile phones as well. As a result, playing is a few clicks away in the comfort of your own home. All it takes is a credit card, opening up an account, and depositing money into the account.
Not that there’s anything wrong with online casinos, I can see the convenience of them for people who aren’t close to actual casinos. At the same time, because it’s so much easier to play a variety of games, and for longer periods of time, I think it’d be a lot easier to get addicted as well.
With a real casino though, the likelihood of over spending, and over playing is probably about the same, though with the inconvenience of having to drive there may mean that people will gamble less often. Another thing is that when you do go to the casino, you usually go with someone or a group of people. I don’t know about you, but that would make me spend less as I’d have company with me that would hopefully notice if I was overindulging. Casinos can only offer so many games, but online casinos offer over hundreds at a variety of websites. More variety means “trying your luck out” on all games.
Although the Internet has helped the gaming industry by being accessible to a wider population, there are many pros and cons to both online casinos and real casinos. At the end of the day, it’s all about what’s easiest, and how much self control a player has.