Love-Hate Relationship: The negative but avoidable facts of gambling.
have what you might call a love-hate relationship with gambling. No,
I don’t mean I love winning and hate losing. Who doesn’t? What I mean
is that I find a lot of the aspects of gambling appealing, like the
entertainment behind it, the chance to win colossal jackpots, and the
strategic challenge some games present. But it’s not all fun and
games if you don’t know what to steer clear of.
one can avoid losing. That’s part of the game. You win some; you lose
some – it’s not just an overused cliché. But there are some other
negative aspects that you shouldn’t have to put up with – the very
aspects that I hate about gambling.
but Avoidable Facts of Gambling
following is a list of the five things I truly despise about
gambling, whether it be on land, online or both. As you’ll quickly
learn, avoidance is most often self-explanatory.
is one of my biggest pet peeves. The blackjack tables in Las Vegas
can be tortuous! Rarely will you find a game on the Strip that still
pays the honorable 3:2 for a blackjack. If you do find that, the
other rules are usually stacked against you. And if you happen to
find both 3:2 pays combined with more player-friendly rules, you can
expect to pay high minimum table stakes of $25+.
are three basic ways to avoid this. You can steer clear of blackjack
in Vegas. You can head Downtown and scour the tables there until you
find a rare gem – they do exists. Or you can play blackjack online,
where every rule set you can imagine is available at stakes of $1, if
fact that this game still exists is a testament to the ignorance of
today’s young, inexperienced and vulnerable players. If everyone
understood just how bad this game is compared to its European and
French cousins, no one would ever play American Roulette again.
there be any worse form of gambling on the planet? I mean, seriously,
the lowest paying slot machine in the stingiest casino on earth has
better odds than the lottery.
the Lotto 6/49 for example. Your odds of matching 2 of 6 numbers –
just enough to win a free ticket for the next drawing (they don’t
even give you the $3 back anymore) – are 1 in 8.3. The odds of
winning $5.00 (the lowest possible profitable win) for a 2/6+ are a
staggering 1 in 81.2. That’s an expected return of $5.00 for every
$243.60 spent. Ouch! All in all, including break-evens(if you can
call them that), the odds of winning any prize are 1 in 6.6, or about
15%. That gives the Lotto 6/49 a minimum house edge of 85%.
horrific odds, and yet people spend millions of dollars playing it
every week, and the government treat it like the best thing since
sliced bread. They spend endless revenue raising awareness for
problem gambling, and at the same time, spend endless more promoting
the sales of lottery tickets.
has destroyed the reputation of the online gambling industry so
thoroughly as illegitimate casino operators. You know the ones –
they show up, boast fantastic promotions, attract hoards of
depositors, then disappear into the great blue yonder with all that
money. Countless millions have been lost to these duplicitous rovers
of cyberspace’s deepest shadows.
the early days, there were far more rogue casinos than honest ones.
As the good guys began to establish a reputation, experienced players
got wise and stuck to them. Then, as regulation became stricter
across Canada and much of Europe, it became easier to tell the
difference. An operation licensed here in Canada or any other
reputable remote gaming jurisdiction (the UK, Malta, Gibraltar, Isle
of Man) has no choice but to comply with the highest standards of
their regulator. Know who you’re depositing with, and you have
nothing to fear.
like to think that I’ve put together a responsible, informative and,
for the most part, unbiased guide to online gambling. My only bias
comes from personal experience. I’ve put a lot of time, effort and
honest emotion into this page in hopes of helping others make smart
decisions and avoid common pitfalls. So when I see some lame website
that’s loaded with click bait and reads like a car saleman’s pitch,
it makes me madder than all of the above grievances combined (except
the rogue casinos – they’re the worst!)
fluffed-up guides are nothing more than careless affiliates look to
make a buck by tempting you to click their links. They’re easy enough
to spot. Every website they review is wonderful in every way; all
positives with no negatives. Every game is fantastic, fun and prepped
to deliver a fortune. All relevant technology is cutting edge or
state of the art.
the information doesn’t sound legitimate, it’s probably not. And if
the webmaster isn’t being honest, can you really trust that the
casinos they promote aren’t the same crooked casinos described above?
reviews. Get smart. Do your own research. Where is the casino
licensed? Who owns it? What software does it employ? What regional
players and banking methods are accepted? A little due diligence goes
a long way to loving your gambling experience, instead of unearthing
and hating the underbelly that exists beneath the surface.
are the raw facts of gambling. Don’t let them ruin your good time.
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