Gambling is a favorite vice of the human race. It allows you to be indifferent to the moral majority and walk the tightrope between rags to rich while simultaneously gambling. It is a good vice and has been around for a time. Or at least since homo lazy thought of a way to play games while not playing. It was inevitable that betting four chickens on the number of rocks required to get rid of a shoplifter at the local stone cutting became a global money-spinner, with million-dollar bookmaking businesses and grand casinos worldwide. The inevitable result was the Internet absorbing this industry, which family members and close friends barely recognized.

Unluckily, the birth of the betting culture was in Ancient China. Its existence predates legal tender is a sign of what we all know: money was created to stop early gamblers from putting their wives up for a stake. Gambling on games of chance has always been a sinful activity. Nearly every religious text contains ambiguous passages about the good and bad of baccarat. The USA has a well-publicized hate/love relationship with the pastime. This has led to hotbeds in Las Vegas while Utah’s Average Joe cannot even wager on an NFL game.

Now, we are in Q1 of the 21st Century. The gambling industry has grown to a much larger scale than any Ancient Chinese philosopher could imagine. Online poker has transformed what was once a sexist and elitist competition that caused drunken rows at kitchen tables around the English-speaking globe into a civilized and inclusive pastime for quiet nights at home. If you are willing to live on coffee and take-out pizza all night, it is possible to make a decent living. Our streets are now free from old ladies who swap bingo halls for websites, leaving our towns without the shrieking cackle of the more senior.

Since records began, sports betting has been a significant institution in Great Britain. There are no restrictions like in the USA, but it is not as popular in America. Global betting habits have converged since the advent of online gambling, and the popularity of commercial gambling on American football has increased. Nothing is more satisfying than trusting your short-term financial future to someone who can eat your weight in the chocolate pudding – unless the 2016 Olympics introduces the event above.

Online gaming offers a whole new level of entertainment. We no longer have to search for hidden gems to place USD 50 on the spread. Most sites are licensed and accept all forms of legitimate online payments. The best part is that you don’t even have to leave your computer screen. While I prefer my living area, some purists might want to drag their tablet or laptop down a back street or have their spouse hang them from a tenth-floor balcony to demand payment.

Online betting is a significant development in gambling’s history. Although it has had a long and exciting history, filled with both glory and pain, the history of gambling has not been without its challenges. Online gambling is a more popular option with more bookmakers, innovative innovations such as betting in play, and lucrative deals such as free stake money upon signing up. All the best to you all, and remember that the house always wins, but you may just get laid, unlike the house!