Picture this. You’re scrolling through Facebook when all of a sudden you see an ad for a slot machine game that you can play right on your phone and win real money! You click on the ad, enter all of your information in, deposit some money and start spinning that wheel from that super cool game that you saw. Woah! You hit the bonus! Obviously, you keep spinning until next thing you know, you’re out of money. That $50 that you just deposited is gone and you’re sitting there debating if you should be depositing more money or walking away from the game.
Has this been you? Because I’ve been there.
Pre-Covid, my husband and I would have date nights and one of the places that we would go to, is a Casino about an hour away from us. Casino’s just have the best atmosphere; the games look super engaging and the food is great. We would always take out $100 each and say when it’s gone, it’s gone. I was always the one getting really into the games and next thing you know, my $100 was gone and I was debating taking out more. Why though? I’d always lose. Thankfully, my husband had a head on his shoulders and would always convince me that it wasn’t worth it.
Fast-forward to Covid times. Here I am, scrolling Facebook, when I see an ad about an online casino. Hmm, interesting. First thing I did was Google it to see if it was legit. After doing some research and finding out that it is legitimate, I deposit some money and start playing. A few spins in and I win $600. How excited was I! Playing it smart, I withdrew it immediately. A few weeks later, again I find another online casino ad while scrolling Instagram. This time it was the OLG so I knew it was legit, but now I have another online casino that I really shouldn’t be using. Thankfully, I know when it’s time to stop. I won’t gamble unless I have the money to gamble and even then, I’m careful. What about the people who face gambling addictions?
I came across this interesting fact while reading How Do Gambling Companies Use Social Media For Marketing? “Announcing customer wins is a particularly effective tactic for gambling companies to use if they want to win people over to their services since social media can allow them to share the news of big wins that take place on their sites,” Admin, Veloce. Imagine someone with a gambling addiction (who have been staying away from casinos and other gambling venues), scrolling their social media and coming across one of these ads. They now have it in their heads that they can win too. What’s stopping them from easily accessing an online casino and depositing money?
My question to all of you is this:
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