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Tuesday, 18 June 2013 07:37

Professional Gambling: Harder than it Looks

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It's a tough business, gambling.

A lot of people think that when you're a semi-professional gambler life is cushy, even more so if you're playing your games online. Heading to a brick-and-mortar casino with a pocket full of change is fun and entertaining, but if you play at a casino online you don't even have to leave your house to do it. What could be easier than trotting over to your computer and switching it on?

They're right on certain points, but being a gambler is actually a lot more difficult than you would expect. It seems easy enough – just click buttons, right? – but the fact is that you're routinely taking part in high-risk activities and your focus is always going to be geared towards protecting yourself. You become paranoid about researching casinos before you deposit with them – and rightly so, because there's nothing worse than getting a big win only to have it confiscated from you. Your whole identity is online, so you have to be terrifyingly vigilant about your internet security.

Then there are the dangers associated with playing the games themselves. If you want a fun, relaxing, easy game with nothing to think about, try Solitaire. Or if you want to play without thinking, at least turn on the demo mode. Particularly if your game is poker or blackjack, any loss of concentration could be the end for you. It's strange to think that you need to maintain this level of control when you're immersing yourself in an online world, but there you have it.

Of course, there are many more worse to make money than by playing casino games, so we mustn't complain too much. Despite the level of care you need to exercise, playing games is still incredibly fun and there are lots of ways to minimise your risk – for example, through bonuses, free spins and free play. If you're generally lucky and good at playing card games, you might want to give it a shot. Just don't expect your friends to think you do much for work.