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Enjoying a Responsible Gaming Environment

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Have you seen Runner, Runner?

It stars Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck. The entire plot of the movie is about an Ivy League drop out who is a promoter for online casinos around the world. He gets into some trouble, decides to uncover it and runs into Ben Affleck. Ben Affleck runs an online gaming empire, and JT gets pulled into the world. The movie continues the downfall of Affleck’s gaming empire.

I’m not much of a gambler, so I decided to do some research. I have been to casinos in Oklahoma. Frankly, I was quite surprised at how many people where at these places. But I guess when you only have church and casinos as entertainment, that’s where you’ll be. Many people enjoy this activity around the world. I know my grandma loves to go the casinos and play the slots. It’s one of her favorite pastimes. Not kidding!

Gambling is a huge industry! Think about it. There’s a manufacturing industry that produces all the gaming machines. For an online site, there are programmers and computers creating complexed algorithms.

Below is a picture of the top 20 Casino Markets in the US.

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Source: 2013 AGA Survey of the Casino Entertainment

During 2012, consumers spent more at commercial casinos than they did on movies, craft beer and outdoor equipment combined, but spending on casino gambling was significantly less than spending on nights out at full-service restaurants or consumer electronics.

Gaming entertainment is a huge tax revenue for states.

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Casino Gambling has become even more accessible due to the development of online casinos. You don’t have to leave your house and you can sit in front of your computer. With the presence of these virtual venues, more and more people have learned how to play certain casino games. Amongst some of the more popular ones are online roulette and poker. I’m not naive enough to think people won’t game online. So, if you are going to gamble online be responsible. Here are some steps to make sure you are gambling responsibly:

When choosing an online casino site, make sure that they provide several options for communication. Any reputable online casino will have a 24/7 customer support line as well as phone numbers where you can make physical contact with a representative of the casino. You may want to test out the numbers to make sure they are working numbers. Also, some online casinos will even provide chat capabilities where you can contact a casino staff member through this method. Quality online casino sites provide 24 hour phone assistance because they realize that their customers gamble at all hours of the day and night. These sites legitimately care about their clients. If a site offers less customer support, this is a sign that they have little value for their customers. Also, it could be an indication that the online casino site is experiencing adverse financial issues. Another aspect of selecting an online casino site is to look at the brand name of the software provided at the site. If the name of the developer isn’t one of the top designers, this may be a sign not to use the site. The reason for this is that software developers are rather picky as to whom they provide their software to. They won’t permit sites that don’t meet their standards to use their products.

If you’re like me, I just go to yahoo and play free games. I’m so risk averse. I haven’t even played slots at a casino. Losing a penny is too devastating for me, lol. 

Have you gambled? Do you think it’s fun?