Online gambling is any type of gambling conducted online. This includes online casinos, poker games and online sports betting among many others. In fact, this is a much vaster and vastly more complex industry than traditional gambling in brick and mortar casinos, because of the significant amount of risk involved, particularly in online gambling. The first online gambling site opened for the public, was ticketing for the then popular Liechtenstein International Poker tournament in 1994.
Today there are hundreds if not thousands, of online gambling sites, and the online gambling industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the world, with an estimated value of over US $60 billion dollars. The reason for this is quite clear: online gambling presents far greater accessibility, far greater global reach, and far better convenience for the gambler. The fact that online gambling is entirely based on probability – once you decide that you are going to place a bet on a particular casino, you pretty much know for sure that you are going to lose that bet – is a distinct advantage for online gambling over traditional gambling. Traditional gambling involves a lot of guesswork – you have to rely on your instincts, and unfortunately those instincts can go wrong sometimes.
However, online casinos still allow players to participate in the game using only a computer terminal and a web browser. This means that you do not need a friend, a relative, or even a real person to get you started in gambling online. Many people who first gamble online decide to stick with it, and become regular gamblers, while others choose to give it up. You can find all kinds of sites that offer a variety of games, and all of them are legal in most countries. Most online casinos use encryption programs to protect your information, so that your details are safe even when you gamble on the site. Gambling should be a fun, social experience, and online casinos allow players to make that experience even more enjoyable.