Given the size and popularity of the online gambling industry as it stands today, it’s almost impossible to believe that it didn’t even exist just a couple of decades ago. In any case, games of chance in one form or another have been around for centuries. For instance, around 3000 BC, dice games were played in Mesopotamia. Gambling houses were common in China about 200 BC and pottery scenes from Ancient Greece and Rome suggest that betting on animal fights happened on a regular basis. Likewise, various card games are known to have been around for more than a millennium.
Things have changed significantly over the years, but it seems human beings always have been and always will be a species of risk-takers.
So without further rush, here’s a quick rundown of some things you probably never knew about online gambling – some of which you might find at least slightly interesting:
Slots Are the Most Popular Game
A fun fact about slot machines – they used to dispense chewing gum, which could be traded for money! This is precisely why many of the machines still use fruit symbols, just in case you ever wondered. Incredibly, the vast majority of revenues generated by casinos worldwide (online and offline) come from penny slots – i.e. those with the lowest stakes of all. What’s more, 90% of regular slot gamers play online, rather than at real-life casinos.
84% of online gamblers are men
The ratio of online men gamblers to online women gamblers clearly shows that men are much fonder of online gambling than women. For men, one of the most popular ways to gamble online is sports betting, followed by online poker. Men generally tend to prefer games like roulette and blackjack while women usually prefer to play online bingo and slots.
Beware the Devil’s Game
Roulette is often called ‘the Devil’s game’ because the sum of all the numbers on the wheel adds up to 666 – aka “the number of the beast”. Foreboding as it may sound, Roulette is actually one of few casino games where players stand almost even odds of winning. For example, betting on red or black reduces the odds (almost) to 50/50, though there is a slight edge in favour of the house. That is, unless you decide to play American roulette, which has a “0” and a “00”.
Blackjack is the only game where knowledge of math will give you a supreme advantage
Unlike some other casino games, blackjack involves more than luck. Blackjack players have to consider statistics, probability and game theory when sit down at the table to play. Most of the practical winning strategies they come up with are based on knowledge of the changing composition of the card deck.
Online gambling is growing steadily and has become a $40 billion a year industry. Whether it’s playing slot machines for fun or using mathematically-based strategies to win at blackjack, online gambling is providing entertainment for thousands of people today.
How many different ways do you think it is possible to make “bingo” on a card with the usual 90 numbers? The answer…well, chances are you didn’t realise is was a full 44 million. After something of a slump, bingo is once again enjoying a massive spike in popularity – primarily due to the equally massive spike in global hipster populations.
Aussies are the World's Biggest Gamblers
According to an official study, Australian gamblers bet more money per capita than any other country in the world in 2013. This goes for online casinos as well as land-based games, plus sports betting, poker and more.
However, Australia aren't even close to being the biggest losers - that honour goes to players from the United States of America. Maybe Aussies are better at game selection, or maybe they're just luckier!
Last but not least, in terms of how it all got started in the first place, the first official online casino to open its doors went into business in 1996. At that time, it was considered an incredibly impressive and ambitious venture, despite the fact that there were only 18 games available and pretty much none of the features and facilities we take for granted today. As things stand right now, unless an online casino has at least 300+ games to offer, it tends to be considered a little on the primitive side!
See ya Later!