Mention online casinos and gambling to most people and the reaction will undoubtedly be one of fear, scepticism and utter revulsion sa gaming. The media have impacted on us all the negative side of gambling and the devastating effect it has on addicted online gamblers who have frittered away massive amounts of cash, always chasing the money they have lost with yet another bet.
What the media never seem to report on is the growing numbers of people, quietly earning a comfortable living from gambling. My first insight into this world was while driving through London, listening to a late night talk show about the negative effects of online casinos and how they wreck the lives of innocent people. The show began with the host outlining statistics about how many people use online casinos and how much money is spent online each day. An interview followed with a caller who told us all how easy it was to get an account at any of the casinos and how he had lost his house, his wife and eventually his job.
As I drove, my own thoughts were that this was what happens when you give an idiot a credit card. OK not very nice, but being a pretty typical Scot, I constantly recite my own favourite saying. “A fool and his money, are easily parted.” I hold on to that notion so that every time I need to spend some money, I try and make the best possible decision on the purchase and make sure I get the best value.
Anyway, back to the radio show and the next caller came on and I was pleasantly surprised to hear a chap who echoed my own sentiments. He was halfway through his rant explaining that some people are just doomed into losing money when our host interrupted and started attacking this man for being unsympathetic. The caller calmly explained that the world can only try and protect people, but if someone really wants to spend their money then there is not much that can be done to stop them. He then went on to reveal that he makes his living from online gambling and has done for the last two years.