Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Online Gambling: Remember It's Real Money

I have been inundated with all sorts of junk mail about online casinos. Some of them are a little bit dicey, promoting overseas gambling which is only legal in a cursory way. Other websites do not involve any money, but you play with points or fake money for prizes.

Recently, I looked at a list that rated a number of online gambling websites. I am not really sure about all the factors that went into scoring them, but appreciated each site being flagged as being based in the United States or in a different country. Actually, if legislation goes through, there could be California based online casinos. It would be a revenue generating venture trying to tap into those who gamble overseas. What struck me as odd, was that it listed a "welcome bonus" that wasn't just a few dollars but was in the high hundreds. I am really not sure if I have my head around it. It has to be "fake" money that they give you to gamble to start you out, as otherwise, people would register and cash out after just one hand.

I am glad that I am not addicted to gambling online. One of the pitfalls, as I see it, is that people don't always get the sense that they are playing with real money. To some, it is just a bright computer game. While trying it out is nothing to be alarmed at, if you have a loved one that is having a problem with online gaming, please encourage them to get help and support them.



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