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Affluent Online Casino Gamblers

Online casinos in the United States are part and parcel of the overall gambling industry. And for the most part, a recent study revealed that those who gamble online tend to be able to afford the losses that generally accompany any gambling experience, whether one ultimately wins or loses. Risk-taking is ingrained in American culture due to the highly competitive spirit that capitalism and the democratic system engenders. This means that in the U.S., already considered one of the gambling world’s most consistent sources of revenue, people have the money and are thus willing to risk it more often than those in other countries.

Of course, it must be acknowledged that some other countries are richer than the U.S. in terms of personal incomes earned. However, risk-taking plays a key role in differentiating between U.S. earners, their contemporaries overseas, and the choice to engage in online casino gambling. While online gambling is technically illegal in the U.S., no federal law exists which specifically targets or bans online casino visitation or game play. The study was conducted primarily by a university in the most gambling-friendly state of the Union, Nevada. Also viewed on more friendlier terms in Nevada than other states is prostitution.

The knowledge that online casino gamblers in the U.S. – and around the world – tend to be more of the affluent (possibly even just financially comfortable, such as middle class) variety of gamblers instead of the poor, hope-to-win type of gamblers means that online casinos themselves might change their strategy. The ultimate effect of this could be that online casino companies begin targeting richer gamblers, trying to tap that market. This could, unfortunately, result in the exclusion of regular gamblers from getting certain benefits out of deposit bonuses, due to the relatively lower deposit amounts regular gamblers make as opposed to rich gamblers.

OCA News Editor

With a background in game development spanning 8 years, Sam Peterson is OCA’s leading authority in the world of online gaming. His focuses include new releases and gaming providers.

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