In the past, I have discussed some of the advantages of gambling online rather than in a brick and mortar casino. However, there is one benefit that had never occurred to me until now. You don’t have to worry about being robbed.
Online casinos, of course, have the risk of someone hacking into your account and stealing from you that way, but that’s not what I mean. Besides, reputable online casinos have safety measures in place to prevent that kind of thing. What I mean is some guy sticking a gun in your face and demanding you hand over your money.
That exact situation occurred in a south Florida casino last month. On January 29, 2010, a man identified as Dominic Zibuda walked into a Seminole casino, brandished a gun, and took money from a casino employee. He then fled with the thousands of dollars. Though no one was hurt and no casino customers were robbed, the event has certainly made an impact. Since that date, that casino and others in the area have reported a sharp decline in attendance and revenue. Many insiders believe that there is a direct relation between that two: that people are worried about their safety in the casino and have decided instead to stay home.
The south Florida casino robbery did not have a happy ending. After the authorities were tipped off to the robber’s identity, a SWAT operation at Zibuda’s house ended with the suspect turning his gun on himself and committing suicide.
It’s a sad ending to the story, but it brings up a question. Where do you feel safer, in your own home or in a casino with millions of dollars sitting around? Now, I don’t believe that the casinos are unsafe. I think you’re just as safe, if not more so, in a casino as in a bank or convenience store and people keep going to those. However, if you do your gambling online you can stay in a locked home and keep a loaded gun handy, just in case someone should decide to break in. You don’t have that option at a brick and mortar casino.