A popular form of online gambling is playing casino games. The web-based casinos host all the games that players compete against to win cash prizes. In order to play at an online casino, players need a device, working internet connection, and money. Players create an account and use it to place bets. When they win, winnings are directly transferred into their account. Players can also withdraw their winnings or add more money from their bank account.
Researchers have noted that younger respondents are more likely to engage in internet gambling. In fact, the median age for internet gamblers is 31.7 years. Ethnicity also made a difference. Although non-whites constituted only 15.8% of the entire group, they accounted for 38.7% of all internet gamblers. This shows that gambling can influence health. However, research is needed to determine the effects of internet gambling on problem gamblers.
The American Psychiatric Association has warned against internet gambling. The organization found that the websites were poorly regulated and there were no safeguards to prevent underage gambling. Moreover, children and teens playing other online games could be lured to gambling sites. In addition, there are no standards to regulate the fairness of internet games and establish responsibility for operating them. The researchers found that in Australia, the prevalence of online gambling rose from one percent in 1999 to 8.1 percent in 2011. Furthermore, the study showed that in the UK, 16.7% of people who played online gambling had engaged in it within the past four weeks.
A number of senators from different states have also supported the bill. Republican Senator JonL. Kyl of Arizona introduced a bill to ban online gambling. The bill would have prohibited sports gambling and allow individual states to regulate the online gambling industry. It was deemed too difficult to enforce and failed to pass in 1997 and 1999. The bill is a major step towards protecting consumers from unscrupulous websites. However, some states still do not allow gambling, and the UIGEA does not prevent this.
However, it remains difficult to prove that online gambling sites “knowingly” transmit bets from U.S. citizens. The online nature of the business also makes it difficult to trace the exact location of an individual player. Thus, there are still many questions that surround this issue. However, in general, the World Trade Organization has determined that online gambling does not violate U.S. trade law. However, online gambling continues to grow. The United States government does not intend to alter its policy on the issue.
Some Internet problem gamblers attribute their problems to online gambling. While half of them attribute their problems to Internet gambling, others do not. However, research findings suggest that there is a causal relationship between online gambling and these problems. Moreover, the findings of these studies are not definitive as the majority of them are cross-sectional and self-reports. However, they do provide a useful overview of Internet gambling and related problems. The paper also considers relevant individual factors and the spectrum of gambling behavior.