Heading to the casino, dressed to the nines, with an impressive wad of cash and placing a bet on your lucky number while onlookers cheer you on. An iconic image made famous by Hollywood that may be the thing of the past sooner than you might think!
Firstly, the world of online casinos has exploded in the past few years, making it easier than ever to play at home, or on the move with apps and mobile-enabled websites like BetSafe. This means that there is less of a need to go to a casino when you have got the urge to splurge and have a little gamble. There are even some sites that offer live games, so you can feel as though you are really there, and with special offers, free spins and the sheer convenience and accessibility of online casinos, it is no wonder they are so popular!
Of course, the atmosphere is completely unique in a real bricks and mortar casino, so the lure is still there for many, however, with contactless cards and even Bitcoin, the reality of taking cash to a casino still seems quite outdated and is surely on its way out soon. Why would you carry chunky change and clumsy cash when you can make bets at the touch of a button or the tap of a card?
Then, of course, there is the matter of virtual reality which is gradually becoming more sophisticated and accessible to the average Joe. Where you will soon be able to be in a casino, without actually setting foot outside of your front door. In an instance like that, using cash is not practical and another example of where “virtual” money, transferred not by hand, but by computers, is the more logical move.
It might not be a sudden change, and it might not be soon, but you can see the changes happening already. In some countries, even the homeless and beggars are offering strangers the chance to donate via card, and handling change seems almost archaic. It is only a matter of time before this becomes the norm. Add to that, the fact that the need to go to an actual casino in order to enjoy betting and gambling is no longer a reality, and that online play (and soon virtual reality casinos) is becoming easier and more popular, well it is only a matter of time!
Perhaps even the next James Bond film will need to update his casino habits!