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Social Casino- The Glitz, Glamour and Glitterati

  • Published Date July 7, 2017
  • By ridhima arora

Gambling dates back to 2300 BC so it’s safe to say that it’s nothing new to mankind. It’s known to change people’s fortunes overnight. The first casino in the world was set up in Italy in 1638 and is still functional till date. With the advent of social casinos, gambling took a major turn and now stands as a symbol of indulgence, seducing everyone, from the rich and famous to the low-lives looking to make a quick buck. The glamour and appeal of gambling is unparalleled so let’s take a look at how it’s become a part of our culture.
 
Literature is a great way to learn about society and culture at large. A lot of famous authors have written books with Casinos and gambling as the main focus of their story lines, the most popular being Casino Royale. It is the first book in Ian Fleming’s James Bond series where James Bond has to beat USSR agent, Le Chiffre, out of all of his money by playing high stakes baccarat in order to keep that money from getting into the wrong hands. The book keeps its readers on the edge of their seats and has been made into a Hollywood movie starring actor Daniel Craig. 

The Hindu festival of lights, Diwali is marked with lighting candles and diyas, fireworks, family feasts and  card games. People throw extravagant parties and start planning for them well in advance. Everyone marks their social calendars and looks forward to these parties. In the last couple of years Teen Patti  and Poker have become popular card games. Even our famous celebrities whom we admire, gear up for the Diwali card parties. Bollywood stars like Ekta Kapoor, the legendary Mr. Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan and many others host lavish Diwali bashes.

If you’re an ardent traveller you’ll know about the prevalence of social casinos and gambling in different parts of the world. Casino enthusiasts plan their vacations around their favourite casinos which are usually at exotic destinations. Let me spell out some of the best gambling destinations around the world-
  • Las Vegas- Popularly also known as Sin City, it’s considered to be the entertainment capital of the world.
  • Macau, Hong Kong- The Venetian Macau, Casino Ponte 16, Sands Macau and Starworld Hotel & Casino etc. contribute up to 50% of the entire economy. 
  • London, United Kingdom- The financial capital of Europe has a diverse gambling environment with the variety of games that fit the occasional Blackjack player and the heavy Poker player. The famous casinos are The Casino at the Empire, Aspers Casino etc. 
  • Singapore- After the government legalized gaming in 2005, two resorts with large casinos were opened- Resorts World Sentosa and Marina Bay Sands.
  • Crown Casinos, Australia- Situated in Melbourne, it’s one of the biggest Casinos in the world and a major driver of tourism in Australia. 

    Gaming fanatics have ensured that playing card games professionally becomes a lucrative career path. It offers players an opulent lifestyle with big pay cheques and tons of sponsorship. Card games like Poker and Rummy are being played professionally all around the world and people are quitting their office jobs to pursue their passion. World Series of Poker (WSOP) is a series of Poker tournaments held annually in Las Vegas since 2005 and is sponsored by Caesars Entertainment. In 2016, the prize pool was worth $63,327,800 with the winner taking home $8,005,310. Now that’s some serious money !!!

    The most important factor that skyrocketed the potential of casinos and card games was the internet. Once casinos and card games were available on the internet, anyone and everyone could have access to it. Besides being a great source of entertainment, social casinos can be a great way to earn money on the side. Most online portals offer free-to-play games, learning options and don’t require you to spend a penny on travel and accommodation. Paddy Power Betfair PLC is the front-runner in the online industry with a net worth of $11.96 billion. Well, I don’t know about you but I surely want a slice of that $11.96 billion pie. 

 

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