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Major Study Comparing Gambling at Online Casinos and Offline

Do players learning to gamble at casinos online eventually start visiting land based casinos more often? Are the parallels true or are they merely a myth?

A brand new comprehensive study was just released by the website monkeybet which is the first detailed study that compares bettors at online casinos with those who bet at traditional land based casinos in places such as Las Vegas and Atlantic City.

Monkeybet is a leading online casinos information destination. The company has a database of over 100,000 gambling customers from online casinos and offline casinos, and conducted the study in part to release the information worldwide and in part to understand the competition with other online casinos and offline casinos as it prepares to offer a physical casino in 2008.

Monkeybet’s figures about online casinos and their customers are said to be accurate, because the website used actual, real life customer data sets and figures to complete their study, instead of relying on the traditional survey answer method conducted for gamblers at online casinos, which tends to be inaccurate as some gamblers inflate or deflate their gambling experiences at online casinos and land based entities.

The study compared online casinos and offline casinos and showed that gamblers have been much more likely to try new games at online casinos rather than at physical casinos. Gamblers feel more comfortable trying new games at online casinos without fear of embarrassment. 75 percent of respondents said they have played at online casinos first, before playing at land based casinos, if ever. The reasons for playing at online casinos included less intimidation if they make mistakes, lower minimum bets online, and the ease of instructions offered at online casinos.

58 percent of the survey’s respondents said playing at online casinos has led them to try playing the same game at land based casinos and 49 percent of sports bettors said that gambling on the Internet allowed them to explore more complicated parlay and teaser bets. These new complicated options, they said, are now frequented at land based casinos.

63 percent of the survey’s respondents said that their visits to vacation destinations like casinos have increased over the past two years and 92 percent say they only played poker on vacations at land based casinos because they had become familiar with the game by playing on the Internet.

The SVP of Business development, Jeff Fuller, for the casino website that conducted the survey said, “I am confident that our studies show that online gaming is only increasing the popularity of gambling at vacation destination casinos.” Fuller continued, “I had noticed that MonkeyBet’s revenue related to more niche gaimes, such as Pai Gow Poker, Caribbean Poker, and Baccarat, far exceeded the revenue percentage I witnessed during my 15 years working as a pit boss on the Strip. Online allows players to experiment, and our numbers show that this is positively affecting the destination casinos as well.”



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