Internet Gambling Bill

Gambling is popular amongst the young as well as the old. For many individuals gambling is a source of earning while for others it is a means to perfect entertainment dewagg. Today gambling is not just confined to the four walls of a casino. It has made its way to houses by virtue of computers (online gambling) and other gambling equipments. While many people are enticed by online gambling, those who desire to have a real feel of the game get gambling set up at their home only.

Dice is perhaps the foremost requirement of any gambling sport. It also can be the cheapest of all gambling equipments. This is because of the myriad variety of dice available today. A plastic dice will be significantly less expensive in comparison to an ivory made dice. In ancient times stones, pebbles, chalks etc. personified dice. Since people were not very particular regarding the equipments of the game, they would mark the holes on any tiny handy nugget and commence their game. Gradually dice came to acquire a proper cubical structure with pierced holes on all the sides. However in comparison to a dice used in household games, a casino dice has more precision. Casino dice is also known as ‘perfect dice’ as it is carved in a way that each side weighs equal after the holes have been pierced on each side. This provides an equal probability of either side being the outcome.

The other essential ingredient of gambling is ‘cards’. Usually cards are exclusive to every casino. This is because the backside of the card bears the logo of the casino. The casino cards are primarily of two types- bridge size and poker wide. Initially cards were made out of hard paper and different paintings were made on them. The suits and faces of contemporary cards are a gift of France.

Casino tables have their own charm. These tables are designed differently for different types of games and are quite expensive. For instance a single poker table can cost its buyer several thousand dollars. But here too prices vary with the quality of the table. The table face has a woolen felt surface with the games name on it. Along with it the odds and the areas for placing bets are also specified. However with the help of blueprints people often make gambling tables on their own. This is the most cost effective way to play the game. Whether it is on the street or online, one cannot escape the force that has become the state of Internet gambling. You cannot hide from it because it is crossing international borders as easily as George W. Bush’s ‘war on terrorism’ helped invade Iraq. Online casino gambling and playing poker online has never been as easy and simple, and you become awestruck by the amount of variety and diversity you have to choose from when picking the right casino to play at.

This leads one to question whether online casino gambling is really under the radar, as some say it is, when all you see when you connect to your ISP is a banner advertisement for the latest “bonus match” or “new member promotion” that is featured quite prominently on search engines like, Google, MSN and Yahoo. One starts to question the credibility of news websites and newspapers too when you’re skimming the headlines and you land on a page full of competitions and surveys that are being conducted by casino operators. A good example of this bombardment of ‘casino media’, which is what I like to call it, is the news24. com website.

Among the bevy of headlines and other sections are casino adverts by Piggs Peak and Silver Sands, which are casinos available to South African gamblers and gamblers in surrounding countries. They take over the page and invade your monitor like insurance adverts and other consumer-driven products because of their delightful themes and colourful graphics. There is no limit to the promotional and marketing tactics that online casinos will use to get their message out there, and this can be to their advantage and disadvantage.

It is by no means a moral reflection of the online casino industry and neither is it a mirror image of our society, but an enlightenment of what our society has become. Media pervasiveness has never been as real as it is now in the ‘millennium years’. We need to take a good look at the media out there and realise that companies, casinos and the like are only trying to use the tools that have been offered by a society bent on getting a message out there, and one needs to take the consumption of all kinds of media and look at it in context of what it is – media.

The internet allows companies to do what they will and one could push the boundaries when it comes to design and graphics on the net, but when you enter the marketing of the real world, it becomes a whole other ball game. You have to be ware of legislation and social responsibility as a company, and one has to start thinking in the box as opposed to out of it.

This begins to limit one’s options as to where to advertise, when to advertise and how to advertise. Online casinos have therefore had to look at new and innovative ways to grab new audiences and to sustain their existing players’ interest. The perfect opportunity arose from the travel industry’s “cruise ships”, and now in collaboration with an even more well-established industry, online casinos and poker rooms are using the tournaments and luxury cruise ships as a means to get people playing more.

A player’s incentive to playing and winning online is now added to the opportunity of gaining access to exclusive tournaments that are held on luxury cruise liners, and which offers bigger better prize pools that one can feel and touch. In other words online gaming now gives players a real, live and interactive feel for playing online and the better you are at playing, the more real the prize pool becomes. In other words, online casinos are making it more real for people to play online because they not only offer an experience but a pleasing memory that is sure to last forever.

So you see if you think about it a little more, you’ll begin to realise that it’s not online casinos that are the problem but a society that allows us to tune out what’s really in front of us, which is all media really. This is surely something to think about because media can be pervasive and this is worrisome, and is one of the areas that need our constant attention. If you had to tune in to what you see, you’ll realise that online gambling is like any other industry out there, they all need to send out messages to give them the assurance that makes them feel like they’re needed and wanted, and that they too are a part of society too.

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