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Gambling in the US, an evolution of the mentalities

Today, gambling has become an enormous part of the American culture as is shown by the $1.6 billion Mega Millions reported every year.

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In 1994 Barbuda and Antigua passed the Free Trade & Processing Act, allowing organizations to apply for licenses to operate online casinos. It was this act that opened the door to online gambling in the US at a time when land-based gambling was the primary means of gambling.

Gambling was introduced in the country by people from the British Isles and other parts of Europe. They presented it as a recreational activity, and later, some states held lotteries to help support higher education. The operation grew to become a significant recreational activity with Mississippi and New Orleans ports becoming gambling Meccas.

The advent of the internet increased the proliferation of the activity, allowing companies to generate more than $100 billion in annual revenue. The ultimate peak in the evolution of gambling came in several forms. First, players got acquainted with web-based online casinos, which advanced to virtual online casinos than to live dealer online casinos.

Today, gambling has become an enormous part of the American culture as is shown by the $1.6 billion Mega Millions reported every year. This proliferation is primarily due to increased mobile gaming activities.

Introduction of Mobile Gaming

The introduction of the internet only introduced desktop gambling until in 2007 when Apple launched the iPhone, and Google entered the market with its flagship OS, Android. Since then, many casino software developers have been busy developing content for use on mobile devices.

The first mobile casinos had a rather blunt look compared to modern mobile casinos and could access less than ten games until 2015 when the number increased to more than 50 individual mobile casino games. Today, players can access cutting edge mobile casino experiences thanks to the continually evolving technology.

Also, there are more fully licensed mobile casinos with HD quality games thanks to US-based developers like Betsoft Gaming, Realtime Gaming, and Rival Gaming. New mobile casinos like host games with stunning animated sequences with impressive sound effects and 3D graphics. It is these features that provide a similar gaming experience with desktop casinos. What’s more, the introduction of HTML5 mobile casino technology led to a massive increase in the number of mobile casino games that could run on HTML5 compatible mobile devices.

While mobile gaming is widely accepted in modern gambling, the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 still prohibits financial institutions from processing transactions related to online gambling sites (both mobile and desktop sites). However, a growing number of US states are taking a more relaxed approach towards gambling activities by allowing top-rated mobile casinos to provide sufficient online payment methods.

Difference Between Mobile and Desktop Gambling

The most significant advantage of mobile gaming is convenience. The ability to access your favorite slots, table and live games using a mobile device make mobile gaming extremely handy. However, many online casinos have optimized their mobile casinos in the form of downloadable software.

Some software requires a lot of mobile space to download, which can be a little daunting for the user. Desktop gambling comes in handy for users looking to access a vast range of games. It also makes it easier to use when you want to view lots of stats about specific games.

What’s more, payment methods are more varied compared to mobile gaming. All such factors might make mobile gaming seem the loser but the fact that users can access the same features as a desktop format regardless of where they are is hard to beat.

Besides, with plans to make mobile gaming a dominant platform in the future, the existing shortcomings are likely to be addressed. 

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Chris has been blogging since the early days of the internet. He primarily focuses on topics related to tech, business, marketing, and pretty much anything else that revolves around tech. When he's not writing, you can find him noodling around on a guitar or cooking up a mean storm for friends and family.


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