Gambling – Our Choice, Our Responsibility
With all the
negative press that online casinos have been getting recently it
is important to try and balance this situation with some
constructive advice for gamers in online casinos.
Despite the laws in the United States that make online gambling
illegal, America is still the biggest market for online casinos
in the world and many there feel that America should take the
same stance as the UK and make the pastime legal.
In the UK online casinos are regulated and therefore taxed and
the British Minister for Sports and Gambling Richard Caborn was
recently quoted as saying that "seventy four per cent of British
adults have gambled. The vast majority of people want to drink
and gamble, and as long as you do not abuse it, it can be an
enhancement of the quality of life."
This liberal attitude may not wash in some areas of the States
but the fact of the matter is that drinking and gambling should
remain a choice that people can make of their own free will and
not have the government decide how citizens' hard earned cash is
Of course there are other elements to take into consideration
such as addictive gambling and underage gambling and these
problems need to be addressed but who should address it? Should
Americans be denied making the choice of how to spend their
money because of a small vulnerable section of society, or
should we take responsibility to protect ourselves and our
What ever the outcome of the law concerning online casinos,
Americans will always gamble whether in land based or online
casinos and this can be a fun hobby as long as certain factors
are taken into account.
The most important factor is of course money. Before you game in
online casinos carefully work out your monthly budget and then
decide on a portion is what is left over as a gambling
allowance. Only gamble in online casinos with money set aside
for entertainment purposes. Make sure you stick with this figure
as it is easy to be swayed in online casinos.
Always set a time limit when gambling in online casinos. This
will allow you to stop if you are losing or quit while you are
ahead. It is important not to let gambling in online casinos
encroach on time for other activities such as family time and
leisure time out of doors this will help to keep online casinos
addictions at bay.
Never gamble in online casinos when you are emotionally charged.
It is important to gamble when you are level headed as this will
keep you from making rash decisions.
Ultimately, reputable online casinos rely on us to be
responsible gamers as we rely on them to be responsible
operators, this is the only way the industry has a chance of
promoting its image in the media. If we all shoulder the
responsibility we can help those vulnerable and enjoy the perks
of gambling online.