Gambling culture here in the UK is perhaps as big as it can get anywhere around the world. We sure love the thrill of the spin over here and perhaps the only reason why parts of Asia may appear to be more into gambling than we are is because of the colossal numbers of their population.
If you visit a physical casino, having chosen any time of the day really, you’ll find some people taking their chances on the slots machines or on the tables, or in any other way which gives them a chance to win some money. Who can blame them really, because there is a lot of money to be won? There’s also a lot of money to be lost, but that’s perhaps a discussion for another day and another blog post.
As much as you’ll always find some people taking their chances however, if you visit a physical casino today and compare the number of people gambling to the numbers managed by casinos just a couple of decades ago or more, it may well appear as if gambling culture is dying out. Casinos don’t quite get as full as they used to, as often as they used to, although on some days they really do get full, like around payday or over weekends or holidays. More empty seats than before at the slots machines and at the tables is in no way an indication of a gambling culture that’s dying out however. The gambling culture lives on and is in fact growing from strength to strength, largely in line with population growth trends.
The only real difference between gambling culture then and gambling culture now is that it’s much more “convenient” to gamble — you can gamble without ever leaving the comfort of your home and having to head to a physical casino. As a result of the internet, gambling is much more accessible to virtually anyone, unfortunately even to underage individuals and to individuals who are residents of countries which don’t allow online gambling or any gambling at all. Those are some headaches for the regulators though…
Otherwise it could really be argued that the internet has in actual fact fuelled our huge gambling culture, affording us the luxury of choice when it comes to picking how we’re going to take a chance with our money. Instead of having to be subjected to the limited odds which are in fact preset by the casino operators, you can pretty much take your pick from any gambling opportunity in the world, from the growing popularity of live gaming rooms to taking a chance on something like a mega millions lottery to put yourself in line for some of the biggest winnings any gambling channel around the world offers.
So if the numbers inside the casino gaming floors seem to be dwindling and yet the official numbers surrounding the gambling industry as a whole seem to be doing the opposite of what the casino numbers suggest, it’s simply because gambling now exists in many different shapes and forms. Gambling culture definitely lives on though.