You wake up one day and decide it’s time to finally make that long-desired dream of yours come true. You pack your belongings, grab your friends, and hit the road. You’ve saved enough money, so you decide to go for it. You purchase a one-way ticket to the exciting world of online gambling. Once you land, the euphoria of the moment washes over you like an oceanic wave. You feel blessed. You are finally going to live your best life. You make your way to the nearest casino and set up an account. You’re going to be a millionaire before you know it.
Unfortunately, something about the atmosphere in a casino makes you feel a bit uneasy. Maybe it’s the dealers watching you intently as you attempt to make your first spin of the roulette wheel. Or maybe it’s the way everybody around you is glued to their phones, making it seem like everybody is constantly checking their social media accounts. You’ve been in a casino before. It was exciting, but also a bit nerve-racking. You’ve decided it’s best to keep your distance from the gaming floors and instead hit the jackpot from a plush velvet sofa. You’re going to watch a lot of jackpot wins on TV. Much better, right?
You’re still happy to be there. You’re having fun. You’re gonna try your luck at the slots or blackjack tables and maybe even venture over to the roulette wheel. Every once in a while, somebody walks past you with a cocktail in hand. You feel good. You’re doing everything right. Then, all of a sudden, the fun turns into a nightmare. You lose your shirt at the craps table. You’re broke. You’ve lost everything.
What happened? Why did this beautiful trip turn into a total disaster? Did somebody rob you? Did a crooked casino owner drain your savings? Did a virus take down all of your gaming accounts? You’re asking yourself these questions, and the answers are somewhat troubling. The truth is somewhere in the middle. You were lucky, and you also played the wrong game. Yes, sometimes casinos are robbed. Yes, sometimes they’re owned by crooked individuals. But also sometimes it’s not their fault. Or, rather, it’s their fault and also not their fault. It’s complicated. But the most important thing is you get the hell out! You don’t want to end up like this. You want to enjoy life and make the most out of what little you have. You want to make the most out of every situation, regardless of how stressful or dangerous it might seem. You want to enjoy your life and make the most out of every situation, not feel trapped in a terrifying, unlucky situation because of something or someone else. So you leave. You don’t want to spoil the fun, but you also don’t want to ruin your life. Which is why you leave with nothing. Just the shirt on your back. You feel relieved and grateful to have some money in your hands, even if it’s just $20.
Doing Business in the Online Gambling World
Now, let’s fast-forward a few years. You’re still playing the occasional game of poker or roulette at a luxurious casino. Except, you still can’t shake the bad luck. The casino owners don’t want to hear your sob stories about losing your job or your car in a bad accident, so they throw you a bone and give you an extra $100 to make your way home. On your birthday, they give you an even bigger bonus. You think maybe this is finally going to be the year you win. You hit the jackpot and become a millionaire. You’ve finally gotten that lucky break you’ve been waiting for, and this time everything is going to be okay.
Then, bam! Out of nowhere, a competitor sneaks in and attempts to muscle their way to the top. They purchase a controlling stake in the casino and announce that they’re increasing their investment. Now, rather than giving you a bonus, they want to charge you higher betting fees because they know you’re a popular player with lots of recreational and online gambling clients. You feel trapped. You’re seeing all of this through the eyes of a seasoned online gambler. You know precisely what’s going on. But what can you do? It’s bad business to antagonize your regular customers. So, rather than fight back, you swallow your pride and continue playing. But it’s not your usual fun and games. You’re on edge. You keep losing. Despite the massive winnings you’ve collected in the past, this time it’s different. There’s something in the air. It feels like the world is against you.
You keep playing and playing, hoping that someday you’ll hit the jackpot again. You’ll do anything to make sure this doesn’t happen. You borrow money from friends and family to keep playing. You even move into cheaper and shadier casinos, knowing this is what your luck is demanding of you. Still, nothing works. One day, out of the blue, you win the Big One. You finally break the bank and collect $1,000,000. Congratulations! You’re a millionaire again. But now what? Suddenly, you can’t spend your life playing Poker Night at the Luxury Casino. Something else is calling you. You have a chance to make the most out of your good fortune, and you don’t want to miss out on this opportunity. So you pack your bags and hit the road. You want to give back to society, and you want to help others avoid the pitfalls you experienced in the past. You establish a non-profit foundation and officially begin your philanthropic journey. You tell your friends, family, and social media followers that your new mission is to save humanity through philanthropy. You want to use your celebrity to bring attention to important issues and help raise awareness and funding for charitable organizations that protect and provide services to those in need. You want to play an active role in your community.
You’re not going to be able to do this alone. You need help. Fortunately, at this point you have a wonderful network of friends and acquaintances. Many of whom are also extremely wealthy. You ask them to be your patrons. Your lucky stars must have been smiling at you because, not only do you get to do good deeds and have some fun, but you get to collaborate with some of the richest people in the world. What could possibly go wrong?
The Perils of Online Gambling
Let’s fast-forward yet another year. You’ve been doing amazing things for your community. People are starting to take you seriously. Your fans and followers are growing steadily while you raise awareness and funding for a variety of charitable causes. Still, despite your best efforts, you struggle with your addiction. You play the game more frequently and for longer periods of time. It’s no secret that video games can be a form of self-medication for people who are struggling with mental health disorders or loneliness. But you’re a realist. You know the dangers of constant exposure to the digital world. Especially since, at this point, you’ve lost touch with reality. The phone calls from lawyers and security firms aren’t funny anymore. They’re all too real.
You’ve been warned. You know the risks of playing in unregulated, anonymous websites populated by predatory individuals. You’ve been threatened with lawsuits and criminal charges. You feel guilty. You haven’t been yourself for a while now, and the last thing you want is to be found guilty of something you don’t even recognize as being wrong. But, on the other hand, playing in a safe space where you feel comfortable is also appealing. You just need to know where to draw the line. How much is too much? How much risk are you willing to take? These are important questions that you need to ask yourself before you make up your mind.
You decide it’s best to walk away. You leave your laptop behind and get rid of your smartphone. You don’t want to be playing with the potential risk of cyber-criminals invading your privacy. You’re going cold turkey. You need to break free of your digital dependencies. It’s been six months since you’ve been on the internet. The withdrawals from your digital bank accounts are finally coming to an end, and your fortune is dwindling. You’re broke. You have no way to pay for your basic living expenses. Nothing is going according to plan. The one thing you want more than anything else is to win the lottery so you can get your life back on track. One day, you randomly match five numbers. You think it’s a sign. You ask the universe for help. Finally, you’ll be able to pull yourself out of the hole you’ve been in. You keep playing with these numbers. You’re going to hit the jackpot yet!