Online Gambling is Surging Amidst Covid-19 Pandemic
Indians across the country are stranded at home and they are looking to kill time, many are turning to online gambling as a way to pass the time. As a result, we are seeing a surge in the already rapidly growing, as reported a few months ago.
Prithvi Singh, the founder of the popular site GamesKraft which offers Rummy cash games, said that they had seen a 10-15% increase in the number of new players registering and playing on their platform since the lockdown started in early March. This is a great increase over such a short period of time and GamesKraft is just one of the hundreds, if not thousands of sites offering real-money betting to Indian customers.
One of the main reasons why people are turning to online gambling is because they are lacking stimulation and are getting increasingly bored sitting at home. By playing Black Jack, Bingo or Slots they are not only killing time, they are also making their life a little bit more exciting with the hope of a potential win. While there are plenty of free-to-play options available on both GamesKraft and regular online casino platforms, a lot of people opt to place real-money bets to add some excitement.
Another important aspect is that the playing activity is in some cases combined with social interaction. In many live online gambling games, there is an option to interact with others – friends or random people playing on the same site. It’s common for friends to join the same Rummy game and use their web cameras where they stay talking and interacting with each other throughout the game sessions. For many people who are stuck alone at home, these activities with friends or family are among the most treasured of the week.
Word of Caution
While this activity can be stimulating when enjoyed in moderation, it can easily get people hooked and create issues. A player who initially starts playing and betting money for fun could develop problematic behaviour and become addicted. The allure of winning can be very tempting. Gambling addiction is a real, very serious, and growing problem in India. The problem with gambling addiction is that it takes over a person’s life. Important real-life aspects are put on the side in order to prioritize more playing. During these times, when a lot of people have more time on their hands, it may not seem like that big of an issue. But once we return back to normal, this playing behaviour that was developed during lockdown could stick and other important aspects of a person’s life start to suffer.