What is Online Gambling?

Online Gambling

Online gambling is a form of gambling conducted over the Internet and includes online sports betting, virtual poker, online casinos and lottery-like games such as Keno. It is legal in some states of the United States and most European countries. Online gambling sites are regulated by state or national governments and use encryption technology to ensure that personal information is secure. Most of the time, players can use a credit or debit card to fund their gambling accounts. However, some players prefer using an alternative form of currency known as cryptocurrency which provides optimal privacy.

The proliferation of Internet gambling has raised concerns that it may promote excessive gambling. These concerns stem from the ability to place large wagers, continuous gambling, rapid feedback and instant, easy access to a vast number of betting options. However, the evidence suggests that the relationship between Internet gambling and problem gambling is moderated by a wide range of relevant individual factors.

In addition, the constant availability of Internet gambling sites leads to disrupted sleep and eating patterns, and may contribute to increased sedentary behaviour and weight gain. The emergence of disordered Internet gambling is attracting attention from both researchers and regulatory bodies, with the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders including it as the first non-substance behavioural addiction.

Until recently, online gambling was largely restricted to state-licensed operators that offered sports betting and casino games. After the Supreme Court struck down a federal ban on sports betting, more than half of US states now allow residents to play at online casinos and poker rooms.