Coronavirus (Covid-19) & Casinos

With the world on lockdown due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) for many gamblers or slots players going to a casino is not possible. Casino’s here in South Africa must be closed during the lockdown and looking at the world and how things are going after 2 days of lockdown in South Africa, we are of the opinion that the lockdown has a high probability of being extended.
What does that mean for us and the casino industry especially here in South Africa? With casino’s not being able to open doors due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19), it is safe to say that casinos will lose large amounts of money during this period.

The question now becomes whether people will now stop gambling, or will they turn to online gambling? Being in the industry for many years it is our believe that many players will turn to online gambling and there are 3 main reasons for this, addiction, entertainment and desperation. I’m not going into the legal aspects of whether it is legal or not to visit online casino’s as the laws are different for each country and it stays the players own responsibility to check if gambling online is legal in his country.

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Entertainment
Being locked down at home due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) for 21 days will most certainly have people looking of ways to keep themselves busy. Gambling or playing slots, poker etc online is easy, fun and quick to setup. Many online casinos offer a free or fun play option so this can be used the stay busy for hours.

Addiction
Addiction comes from all around us, alcohol, cigarettes and gambling can be one of the most addictive activities around. The implication of gambling ranges from being financially ruined to suicide.

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Desperation
The Coronavirus (Covid-19) lockdown will have huge financial implications. People cannot go to work to earn money. Those working on commission or those that gets paid only for the work they do will be the first to feel the pinch. Companies cannot keep paying employees indefinitely if they do not have income. People will still need to buy food, medication, rent/bonds and pay off loans if they have. With no income even people that have never gambled might take their last money to try and win more money in online casinos.

For those who are going to utilize online casinos you will need to make sure to use reputable online casinos and please do so responsibly.

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*Please ensure that gambling online is legal in the country where you are currently residing.