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The Internet was first considered a fad but has survived and radically changed our everyday world. Casino gambling has also undergone a change thanks to all the fantastic options now available through the Internet. One example is that we can now enjoy casino games wherever and whenever we want without having to waste time and money travelling to a “brick and mortar” casino.

Man has enjoyed betting and gambling since time immemorial. Precisely when money was included is not known but there are theories that it started in China around 2300 BC. Whether this is true or not is impossible to determine.

What we do know, on the other hand, is that as early as the 17th century, the gambling house “Ridotto” was built in Venice, Italy. The purpose was to bring all gamblers together under one roof. You could say that the Ridotto was a predecessor to today’s casinos and perhaps the reason they are called “casinos”. “Casa” is an Italian word meaning little home.

The first true casio

The first true casinos appeared in North America in the 1930s when gambling with money was legalised. Today, Las Vegas is considered the world’s foremost gambling mecca and gamblers from near and far head there to gamble and enjoy the warm climate and atmosphere.

Many Swedes dream of going to Las Vegas to gamble but it is both tedious and expensive. And although there are land-based casinos in Sweden, they are still far away for most people. The Internet, however, has removed that barrier. Now there are all kinds of opportunities to enjoy casino games online and even bask in an international offering of games.

Gambling in Sweden

It wasn’t until 1958 that gambling for money was first allowed in Sweden and not until 2001 that the first casino opened. Today there are four casinos in Sweden, located in Sundsvall, Gothenburg, Malmö and Stockholm. All the casinos are owned by Casino Cosmopol, a state-run subsidiary of Svenska Spel.

As of right now, Svenska Spel has the exclusive right to land-based gambling operations. But with the changes in online gambling in recent years, there are signs that the Swedish gambling monopoly may undergo a change as well. For even though there are only four physical casinos, controlled by the state, there are many more online casinos where every one of legal age and a Swedish ID can play. Online casino games give you, as a player, greater freedom since you can play whenever and wherever you want provided that you have a good Internet connection.

Various online casino games

There is a vast array of online casino games to choose from. Whether you want to play roulette, classic slots or blackjack, you can find a seemingly endless number of casinos offering the various games online. Games of chance are extremely popular. The name basically means “a game whose outcome is based on chance and not skill”. The fact that chance determines the outcome of the game gives it an excitement that is tangible when you play.

A few examples of casino games:

Roulette – Roulette is a gambling game that is very common in casinos. The game is made up of a fixed pocket with a wheel that spins and a ball which is rolled in the opposite direction to the spinning wheel. The pocket the ball drops into indicates the winning number or colour.

Blackjack – Blackjack originated in the United States and is often among the games available in both online and land-based casinos. The aim of the game is to get as close to a score of 21 as possible without going “bust”, which means you have exceeded the value. You also have to have better cards than the dealer in order to beat him.

Slots – Slots, or slot machines, are familiar to almost everyone and can be found in your corner bar or even on the ferries that ply the route to Finland. The Internet offers a wide range of slot machines to pick and choose from. Among the most popular ones are Starburst, Mega Fortune and Mega Moolah.

New version of casino games

The growth and development of online casino games continues to march forward. One version that has cropped up in recent years is live casino. Live casino reduces the differences between land-based casinos and the online variety. When you play live, you are playing against a live dealer just as you would in a physical casino, which makes the gambling atmosphere that much more authentic.

In live casino, a livestreamed video link enables players to follow the dealer, who shuffles and deals the cards in real time. You can even interact with the dealer by using the chat feature – can it get more realistic than that? In the future, live casinos are expected to become even more common and in time it may well be that physical casinos disappear altogether. Since players can access games right from their homes, or wherever they find themselves, the need for physical casinos is no longer as great.

Advantages of casino games

Aside from the fact that you can win huge jackpots when you play online casino, a major advantage is that it is extremely entertaining and easily accessible. Basically you can play whenever and wherever you want, as opposed to having to travel to physical casinos. Playing online also makes it easier to keep track of your finances compared to walking around a physical casino with your credit card in hand.

Responsible gambling

If you enjoy gambling, then you know how easy it is to get caught up in the excitement of the game. That is why it is so important to take regular breaks from the game to review your budget. Everyone who gambles should have a well-planned budget so that they don’t lose more money than they can afford.

Some players try to recoup the money they have lost, but games of chance are just that – games where luck determines the outcome. When you have reached your maximum limit, you can either find something else to do or play free versions of various games. Naturally, you can always come back the day or week after when you have a new budget set up.

Prevent gambling addiction

There is always a risk of becoming addicted when gambling but you can prevent this by using a couple of simple tricks. The best way to avoid becoming addicted to gambling is to be aware of the risks. Create a realistic budget and stick to it. Avoid gambling when under the influence and never play to recoup what you have lost. If you follow these simple rules, you can indulge in gambling without worrying about the consequences. Good luck with your gambling and have fun – that, after all, is what is most important!

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