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The chant has been that online gambling is a safer option. Credit card fraud is deemed to be much lower, it is easier to track winnings and there is no risk in carrying large amounts of cash around late at night. You are in comfort and security of your own home. The problem is that this is very much part of problem for compulsive gamblers. A bingo game on internet is very different to a bingo game in a social atmosphere. The object of playing purely for money seems to be exemplified by fact that one does not even have to check one’s own cards. It is automatically scanned by bingo site. There are few limits, no way of seeing if player is a minor or intoxicated and mental and social stimulation are abundantly missing. There is concern that people may be retreating further and further into comfort and security of artificiality of a screen in order to avoid dangers outside.
The Governor of state of Washington decided that a large threat to people of that state was concept of playing bingo too frequently. There is concern that game is taken too nonchalantly in debate on compulsive gambling. It is, after all a game that is easy to become addicted to. As bingo becomes more and more popular, cash prizes have become higher and higher and variety and options of games are becoming more and more expansive.
At end of day however, bingo is still a comparatively low-risk pastime. It can be enjoyable, social and a great way to spend an evening. Perhaps all that is needed is just a remembrance that it is still a form of gambling, whether played in a church hall or a Vegas casino and that although lower in threat, dangers are still always present.
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