Gambling has been around for quite some time. Earliest evidence found tied to any sort of betting for game dates all the way back to 2300b.c, and it has only grown in popularity since. Today, it is still as popular with casinos and betting sites scattered pretty much everywhere. Thousands on thousands of people flock to these places in high hopes of being that one that wins big, but only a very small handful actually take home a substantial profit. With internet gambling getting it’s raise around the mid 2000’s, there becomes increasingly less reason to take the trip to an actual casino. Afterall, if you’re going possibly lose your money, why not do it from the comfort of your own home.
Oddly enough, internet gambling has been apart of my life since a young age. My grandfather used to always play on his computer back when Windows XP was fresh. Whenever I would visit, I would stare from afar as the virtual cards moved across the screen, acting as if I knew what I was watching. Though younger me didn’t really grasp the concept of poker, of any type, there was still something so addicting about watching my grandfather switch between being overjoyed and distraught at a virtual card game in mere seconds.
Flash forward years later and here I sit with what is likely a problematic gambling issue of some fashion (not ready to call it an addiction yet). Thanks Gramps, I blame you. But as is, I am the sort of person that genuinely enjoys classic card games along the likes of poker, blackjack, rummy, and so on. I like those games even more if I walk away from them with something gained, preferably money. Unfortunately being a broke college student in the middle of rural West Virginia (someone save me) getting to a casino to gamble my hard earned savings away isn’t the easiest thing. Right now, the nearest one to me is four hours away, and the gas I would waste just to get there and back is not worth it. So when I find the time, and when I have enough money to where I am comfortable to bet it, I occasionally find myself going to online casino games, and to be honest, I think I prefer it.
Not even including the travel distance, casinos are just a massive waste of money. Many will say that it’s for sake of the experience but when I’m paying upwards of eight dollars for what is essentially just sparkling water and orange juice surrounded by groupings of loud, and angry people, I can confidently pass on the ‘experience’. Why not just stay comfortably at home with the same chances of winning money?
That’s not to say casinos are all terrible. Though I’ve only been to a few in my lifetime, I still have a few fond memories. I may have never won any money, but there is something so suave feeling about sitting at a Blackjack table and tapping your card so the dealer can give you another. That energetic feeling you get when someone near you actually wins something and has that cute little mini freakout is nothing but infectious. Yes, okay, the ‘experience’ of it all is quite nice, I will admit, but for convenience sake, internet betting will always be my prefered method of gambling.
As I sit in my apartment snuggled up in a comfortable blanket, sipping warm coffee while Broadchurch plays in the background, I patiently wait for my turn to be called; that’s how I want my gambling to be. Though I only dabble here and there every so often, I find internet gambling to be much more my style. In my safe, quiet apartment, I can do as I please. Hell, I could play poker nude if I ever wanted. With any sort of drink, and any sort of food, in any sort of clothing, my gambling experience is what I make of it. All that’s left to determine how my night goes is the games themselves.
Recently I’ve been getting into online slot machines, something easy and mindless to do while watching a show or doing homework. It may require more luck, but there is no strategy whatsoever, making them perfect activities at the end of a hard day. Making a decision is always the hardest choice since not every site is trustworthy, here in the states there is an abundance of casino game hub sites all of varying degrees of quality and trustworthiness, so be careful. I’m sure anyone is likely to find them, but as a personal suggestion to our Australian readers, Play Online Pokies is ripe for all your online pokie playing needs (I know the struggle of finding an actually good site, so consider this a favor).
You may not get that tactile feeling of the glossy cards or the silky table; you may not get to see the reels spin inside the slot, but who cares, you’re still playing the game. Online poker, slots, roulette, is still the same baseline concept as those games in real life. No interaction. No threats. No hassle. The lights may not be as vibrant, and the sound effects may not be quite as endearing, but you are there to win money first and foremost. In the end, if you walk away with some sort of winnings, does it really matter how you get there, real life or internet?
Online gambling allows you to play on your terms. The rules can’t be tweaked, but everything else is under your control. If you want smooth jazz playing as you bet, then so be it. If you want to eat mac’n’cheese while playing, that’s fine too. You dictate the environment you play in, and that is the biggest draw over going to actual casinos. While saving money, you’re also likely getting the better encounter.
The grandiose setup of the casino loses its luster after sometime. All the cheaply made food and overpriced drinks are fine, but when you can do better in your own home for less, it seems like the better option. And though you can meet some quality, class-A people during your time gambling, online they become a bunch of just faceless usernames, and their threats and insults feel much more hollow.
In all, and this might just be me, but gambling from the comfort of my home will always be the more appealing choice when it comes down to it. Casinos are such a major hassle, and create a massive hole in my bank account by the end of it. Because I lack this simple thing called ‘self control’ it’s probably best for me not to be in an area with nothing but gambling enablers. Some may prefer to actually go to the casino, and that’s fine, but in your downtime, when a casino trip isn’t as financially viable, save yourself some gas money, and pull up a trustworthy gambling site and bet your life away with me!