A Comparison of Online Poker Rooms and Sportsbooks to Brick-and-Mortar

By: Gen Wright

Twelve years ago, most Internet users were still too frightened to purchase something from Amazon because they did not like the idea of having their credit card information available on the World Wide Web. After all, didn't "World Wide Web" indicate the information would be available to anyone anywhere in the world?

In the present day, most of these same Internet users would not think twice about purchasing a book, or perhaps doing all of their Christmas shopping, from the secure servers of a reputable Internet dealer. Yet when it comes to gaming, the brick-and-mortar world still seems to have a sturdier reputation than the one found in any online sportsbook.

However, this should not be the case. Take, for instance, the following four considerations.

* Standards of accountability: Brick-and-mortar casinos, or casinos with physical locations where gamers can go to test their luck and skill, carry with them a certain degree of security. But have you ever stopped to ask why? Clear into the late twentieth century, some of the most "reputable" casinos in the world had verifiable mafia connections. While that threat seems to be gone, and you don't have to worry about the house literally breaking your legs anymore over a lucky winning streak, you still don't know what goes on behind the scenes. Casino workers still watch their "guests" like hawks, sometimes with good reason, but often times not. While brick-and-mortar locations do have to meet jurisdictional regulations, many Internet sportsbook locations do as well. (In fact, you should always keep this in mind when looking for a good Internet sportsbook with which to do business.)

* Customer load: The amount of customers brick-and-mortar casinos allow within their doors is largely contingent on maximum seating capacity. Even if you are one of the lucky ones who get a seat, you then have to worry about who is breathing over your shoulder and other uncomfortable inconveniences that go with the territory of a crowded environment. At a quality Internet sportsbook, you can place your bets and enjoy the fun of online poker rooms without all the congestion and hassle.

* Cost to consumers: An Internet sportsbook is able to feature many of the same great games and betting opportunities, such as online poker rooms, with a much lower cost. In fact, if you are not playing for free, you can get money involved for as little as 2 pennies. And if you are a poker rooms professional, you can stand to make real money against other players. Brick-and-mortar casinos tend not to invest in poker rooms because they are hard to profit from.

* Locations: Brick-and-mortar casinos are normally located in harsh locations, such as deserts and jungles. A reputable Internet sportsbook and its true location can be found on your home computer in the comforts of your living room, or any other place where you choose to "visit" it.

So the next time your special someone wants to visit a brick-and-mortar casino, put your time and money to better use.

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