In March 2011, one of the major online casinos announced that it had given it a billionth blackjack hand. And when you think about how many web casinos there are, it gives you an idea of ​​how popular visiting casinos online is. When the first online casino started live in 1996, no one could have predicted the twists, turns and tremendous growth that the industry would experience, especially when adding smart mobile devices that find their way into multiple hands every day.

Statistics from Nielsen Media Research in 2010 showed that in the UK alone, online gambling traffic had increased by 40% over 2009. It also found that 46% of online gamers were women and approx. 50% were middle-aged men with above-average pay. And in the United States, the National Annenberg Survey of the Young found that approx. 16% of college-aged men visited online casinos at least once a month, which increased dramatically compared to 2008 figures.

Many online gambling sites credit the rise in popularity of developing industry standards from groups such as eCOGRA (e-commerce and online gaming regulation and insurance), better responsiveness to customer service, and a commitment to providing players with safer, higher quality pages. Newer payment methods are coming online, and more currency and language options are also helping with the worldwide growth of gaming websites.

One of the largest global regions for expanding online gaming is Latin America. These 33 countries, with a population of around 570 million, are ripe for investment from internet-old companies. In fact, investors in areas such as financial service providers and online server operators are seeing sharp Latin America as a front for expansion.

One of the main reasons for the appeal of expanding online gaming to Latin America is the existing telecommunications infrastructure, including broadband accessibility and mobile Internet. In 2009, Internet access reached nearly 200 million Hispanics, and it grew at a 30% cut per year. Year.

Mobile online gaming seems to have the greatest growth potential in Latin America, because penetration of devices in the region was 80% in 2009, which was above the world average, with mobile networks reaching nearly 500 million people. Pair this with the rapidly evolving graphics and gaming features specifically for mobile devices, and it's clear why any casino online that wants to expand would do well to consider this region.

But gaming on mobile devices is not just a Latin American phenomenon. Mobile devices are rapidly gaining popularity everywhere, and web casinos developing applications for it are the ones that will be first in line to take advantage of this market.

Online gaming has come a long way since 1996. Several rules are in place to help consumers calm down, and more payment and currency options are available. Graphics and software platforms are better than ever, casinos are taking a fresh look at customer service, and mobile handheld devices like Android phones and iPhones are opening up a new sector of online gaming. In short, it is a very exciting time for the online gaming industry.

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Online gaming has come a long way since 1996. Several rules are in place to help consumers calm down, and more payment and currency options are available.