Luck be a lady tonight? Gambling has been a part of American popular culture since the founding of the republic. George Washington sponsored and sold lottery tickets, which were often used in place of taxes in early America. Buying a lottery ticket might have gone toward a good cause such as a new road or another public program in Washington’s time, but that is not the reason why American are intrigued by games of chance. It is the chance to win.
When Nathan Detroit sang a plea for luck in the famous musical “Guys and Dolls,” it struck a chord with many gamblers. The favor of the dice or the luck of the cards means the difference between success and failure for active gamblers. Gambling used to mean traveling to an area where it was legal. In the United States, this usually meant traveling to a gambling Mecca such as Nevada or Atlantic City. The growth of riverboat gambling and the expansion of gambling on Indian reservations has allowed more people to engage in the hobby of risking a few dollars for a reward, but the greatest change for gamblers has been the addition of Internet gambling.
Gambling online brings the casinos to the gambler. It eliminates the expenses of buying an airline ticket or renting out a hotel room, while providing gamblers with access to the same amount of games that they could find at a traditional physical casino. The graphics and features of online casinos have even improved to provide more or a feel of actually walking into a casino. Gambling at an online casino provides players with the opportunity to focus on the games instead of the glam. For serious gamblers the location of the game matters less the opportunity to play and win. Rather than wasting money on a trip, online gambling offers players with limitless opportunities to play and win.