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Female Gamblers on Rise in Online Casinos

New surveys have shown that the number of women gambling in online casinos has risen considerably over the last few years.

Now that the internet has opened up a world of options to people, new reports are finding that the numbers of women who gamble in online casinos is gaining increasing steadily and in some areas of gaming they out number men. In the UK in 2000 one of the largest charities dealing with gambling addiction reported that 2% of its callers were women. In the second half of 2005 the percentage had gone up to 18%.

The increase in numbers has been put down to the growing popularity of online casinos. Women see online casinos as a safer place for them than betting shops and regular land based casinos and because of the accessibility of online casinos, more women are joining in.

The appeal of the online casinos is more akin to the appeal and escapism of online shopping. The addiction stems from living a double life, a fantasy life, more glamorous and less mundane, where they feel in control of things but in fact the opposite is true.

There has always been a stigma attached for women and gambling. Most women agree that betting shops and casinos are seedy and they wouldn't frequent such places but, in online casinos they can satisfy their addiction and remain anonymous. As the online casinos industry increases, the nature of gambling becomes de-stigmatized due to the fact it is so accessible. As more people are exposed to gambling many people believe the problem of gambling addiction will increase.

There are estimated to be approximately 1,700 online casinos operating from locations all over the world at the moment. These online casinos offer every imaginable option to gamblers, Poker, Blackjack, Bingo, Roulette and sports betting, if you can thing of a casino game, you will find it in many of the online casinos, there is something to suit everybody and of course these establishments are open 24 hours a day.

What options are available to a person who feels their gambling is getting out of control?

Many support groups for gambling addicts are emerging due to the explosion of online casinos and there are help lines to call around the clock if that person feels the addiction is spiraling out of control. The best advice is to get help as soon as you feel it becomes a problem and not to let it worsen.

Many countries, in particular America are trying to get the online casinos industry banned. The online casinos argue that it is everybody's right to gamble if they choose, but doing it responsibly is a different story. Some casinos have begun giving tips to stay in control, which is a positive step.

Gambling will never be eliminated and it probably shouldn't be but it is up to the industry to help emphasize the dangers of addictive gambling and to act responsibly to the gamer.


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