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The Casino Wave
Jean Branche DuChaux Copyright
When I visited Monte Carlo, Monaco a few weeks ago I ran into an old
colleague, we had been in the same card counting team almost twenty years
ago, we sat down at Havana Café and we discussed old memories, she had
spent all the time since we met the last time at the Blackjack tables in
Atlantic City, US, while I had spent my time at the European casinos.
After half an hour of old memories we slided in to how the casino world
has developed since it went online.
A business, a world going online usually make things easier, but the
question is if it really has with the online gambling business. For
starters it is not that easy to protect yourself against credit card fraud
and rigged games and to bust a myth, when I'm writing this (December 2005)
it doesn't exist any kind of authority to control the online casinos.
But that's not the most important. What you really should ask yourself is
if gambling really is more available than it was fifteen years ago, when
the online casino world began to develop. More people than ever are of
course gambling, but is that really because of the dotcom industry? What I
mean is that gambling has always been available to every one and that
regardless of the fact that there are really few "real" casinos in Europe,
there have always been exceptions to the non-gambling laws, everything
from the restaurant casinos in Germany to the Jack Vegas slot machines in
Sweden, and Monte Carlo is never to far away.
I'm referring to the fact that you can always, and always could gamble,
but it's first when the online gambling business came that people are
doing it. Politician all over the world explains this with that the easier
gambling gets, the more people gamble.
I, who have been in this business for twenty years, know that that isn't
the answer. I would say that this actually a proof of how easy manipulated
we humans are. The reason I disagree with the politicians is of course
because the online gambling business actually never did that well until
the beginning of 2003, 13 years after the first casino went online. There
for, the reason more people are gambling than ever is not because of the
availability, it's because of the online marketing methods they are using.
And then the press should have it's piece of the criticism, when it
suddenly became cool to make your living out of poker then every kid sat
behind the computer for hours, trying to become a pro.
But the ones who cannot be blamed enough is the politicians all over the
world with their disgusting moral. If the casinos had not been forbidden
world wide there wouldn't be any online casinos, a censorship of these
casinos would of course be restrictions in our democracy, but something
has to be done, and since politicians refuse to give people the right to
gamble on a real casino without the risk of getting your credit card
stolen or without the risk of rigged games, they all refuse to let the
casinos in, but if you want to get poor and manipulated, please do as
every one else, go with the casino wave.
About the Author
Jean Branche DuChaux
Professional gambler and course author of