The governments in the Caribbean have
been to be far more receptive to the online casino
that chooses to set up base in these idyllic islands.
The Caribbean is more at ease about the gambling and
the borderless nature of the internet means that the
player is able to gamble from wherever they are based.
This has of course created problems for the bureaucrats
in certain governments. If a player and or a citizen
of a State where gambling is illegal, chooses to play
a game online from their State with a casino based
in the Caribbean or in Europe, are they breaking the
law? And if they are, who is responsible, the player
or the casino online?
So what are the benefits of online gambling ? For
a start there is time. A player is able to have the
possibility of taking their time before making important
play decisions. Entering a blackjack room on an online
casino is very different than approaching a blackjack
table on a land based casino. The speed and pressure
can be high when playing in a big fast paced casino.
Important decisions are made quickly and on the spot.
Home based , the player is able to slow down and play
only when they are in a position to place a bet. Most
casinos online will also offer gamblers the opportunity
to play with free money. This means that for those
who are not yet familiar with the rules, there is
a chance to practise at no cost and at your own time.
This way, you only have to enter the game when you
feel more comfortable and that you know what you are
The problem with online gambling is that it is far
harder to control. The online gambling casino industry
is an industry that has to protect itself from the
dangers of compulsive gamblers. Criticism is frequently
hurled at gambling companies over their facilitating
of uncontrolled gambling and encouragement of gamblers.
A land-based casino
is able to deal with this if necessary. Drunk or underage
and generally players who seem to be on a bad losing
streak can be prevented from gambling in a casino
that is land based.
In the virtual world, this is a lot
harder to control. A player is able to sit in their
own dining room, in whatever country they choose to
be in and at whatever age and gamble as much as they
feel. Social and religious groups have expressed concerns
that a player is able to play a game of blackjack
at the switch of a button any time of the day or night
and bet money the outcome. The problem is accessibility.
Where as with a land based casino, gambling involves
going out and making an effort under the supervision
of either friends, or if alone, the careful eye of
the casino staff. With online gambling casinos, it
becomes so much easier to gamble and place bets from
home that there is concern that previously casual
gamblers may frequent the online casinos more and
more and possibly become compulsive gamblers. Caution
seems to be the main element. This applies to online
gambling casinos and land based casinos. Both have
their dangers and hazards, both can be rewarding and
pleasurable at the same time.