According to Zion’s Global Online Gambling and Betting Market report, people from all over the world will be settling down at their desktop computer, laptop, tablet or mobile phone to play everything from poker and bingo to slots and other casino games.
An estimated 4.2 billion people have gambled online at some point in their life, with 1.6 billion gambling during any one given year. As online casinos expand their reach, the number of customers is expected to grow accordingly.
Looking For Love?
While many people enjoy playing games for fun, with the excitement of potentially having a big win, how many customers would admit to looking for love at an online casino? If you just enjoy the gaming aspect, you may recoil in horror at the prospect of using an online casino as a kind of social networking or dating site.
Stranger things have happened – after all, what’s wrong with chatting to someone in the chat box as you play poker, for example? If you’re not playing for big money and you’re just there to have fun, getting to know someone with a similar interest is surely a form of social networking?
While there are no definitive statistics on how many people have found romance at an online casino, research shows that flirting is something some gamblers view as part and parcel of the whole experience.
Pros And Cons
People’s experiences of looking for love have been very different. When you play in an online casino, some will let you chat with thousands of people all over the world. One anonymous player revealed she had met her boyfriend playing online bingo.
Although they live in different cities, they have been dating for two years and manage to meet up twice a month. They have been on holiday together and now they’re planning to get engaged.
But one male gambler said he allowed a fellow online poker player, with an attractive profile picture, to completely hoodwink him! He struck up a conversation with his fellow gamer in the chat box and they seemed to be getting on like a house on fire, on a personal level.
But he let his guard drop and suddenly, his new friend started winning, took all his money and then left the table without so much as a goodbye!
Other online casino players have reported getting to know like-minded people over the years and making personal friends with a handful of them. But while online, the chat has been about the game, rather than flirtatious.
Some have even met in person on several occasions, spending the evening dining and playing in a brick-and-mortar casino. But this has led to friendship, rather than romance.
It appears for most people who take their gambling seriously, the thought of finding love in the casino isn’t one they’ve ever entertained, as they remain focused on their goal.