In years gone by; the only way to satisfy your need to play Poker was to head for a dingy back alley in a town you wouldn’t ordinarily stop for directions in and join an illicit, behind closed doors game with characters you wouldn’t trust as far as you could throw – so how has Casino gaming become such an enormous online phenomenon in the last decade?
For starters; the laws surrounding gambling in the UK were the subject of mass relaxation during the shared parliament between the Liberal Democrats and the Conservatives making these back street games a thing of the past – Casinos aren’t just legal these days; they’re 24 hour operations!
Even before the relaxation of the UK’s gambling laws, we had Casinos in larger cities that offered us the chance to play the games we’d seen in the movies for real but they weren’t quite what Hollywood promised. They were far superior to the dingy room we caught sight of in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels but we were a long way from Vegas.
Once the law changed, Casinos became much more glamourous venues that started hosting corporate evenings, stag/hen parties and the likes and there was a genuine appeal about leaving a night on the town early to spend a few hours in the Casino instead of finding yourself slumped outside a nightclub attempting to flag a taxi down at 4am.
So how exactly have we transitioned from a taboo habit to an appealing proposition all the way to an acceptable pastime across such a short space of time?
The answer is actually very simple if you think about it: We have simply accepted that gambling is now a huge part of modern life thanks to technology and convenience. You don’t need to plan a night in the Casino these days; you can just open your laptop and have all a Casino has to offer at your behest – you can even deposit your stake money instantly for a spell on the tables.
There’s been no grand amelioration of the term ‘gambling’, nor have Casinos really tried much harder to seem like pleasant places to be for a night – the population have accepted that people are gambling more often and they have no problem whatsoever with the notion.
In the modern age; there are even comparison websites that identify the best online casino for your particular gambling desires. They highlight the best of the offers online and point out where the sites/apps let the player down in order to match the prospective customer with their ideal Casino – you wouldn’t have imagined anything like this a decade ago.
Casinos have evolved so much in the last ten years, the UK can almost call itself proud that a slice of Vegas or Monte Carlo is available in the heart of almost every major city – and don’t expect the revolution to end just yet; it’s only just beginning.