Online Casinos in China

This is just a short post about online casinos. As this is a new blog about online gambling, I will share my thoughts about this topic and I assume that most of my readers will be somehow new to online gambling.

Otherwise they would not read this blog, they would write their own blog. So here is just a quick summary about online casinos.

Online casinos have literally exploded over the Internet in the past ten years. In the late 90′s the technology was only starting to be put in place to enable a sophisticated online casino to be set up properly. As a matter of fact, it is necessary first of all to have secure connections for deposits or withdrawals, fair and safe games using a truly random “random number generator” (no pun intended) and robust platforms to provide stable real-time single or multi-players games.

This type of technology is already very mature in 2010. Your money is perfectly safe at most online casinos (avoid the smaller ones though). And people are now using robust Internet connections so the chances of disconnection are minimal compared to ten or five years ago. But in case of disconnection your money is safe and no more betting will take place on your behalf.

The games offering does not stop to widen. Popular games are Poker, the Roulette, Baccarat, craps and many more. Poker can be played in the video poker format or in other variations such as Pai Gow poker or Caribbean Stud poker, beyond the pure games of poker played at online poker rooms.

All these games are often the same as the ones you could find at a live casino, except that you get a much wider game selection online than you would ever find at any brick and mortar venue, even the bigger ones. And the convenience to gamble online compared to going to a casino is the same convenience that you get in other activities performed on the Web, like shopping or chatting. So much more efficient and enjoyable over the Internet.
So if you are looking for some fun, try online gambling and you will not be disappointed.

Guess what the US did? They boast of providing freedom of thought and expression to its citizens, but how come they have formulated a perplexing law named UIGEA for prosecuting as well as blocking online casinos. It seems that the US is determined to thwart online gambling sites from operating, following the footsteps of China religiously for once.

China has already brought its citizens’ Internet activities under the scanner, deploying some of the best technicians in the country to spy on people. Besides, it has passed laws to censor online content. The country also scrutinizes the usage of the Web to find out sites that are deemed inappropriate, such as those encouraging free expression, dissension with politics or online casinos.

China has also ordered all Internet cafes to install mechanisms letting the government easily spy on the users, for the pretext of safeguarding copyrights. The government also asked businesses to utilize licensed copies of China’s indigenous software named Red Flag Linux, or Microsoft Windows. However, more emphasis is given to using local software. Government officials claim that the Red Flag software is the perfect anti-virus system, assuring that cafes abiding by the laws shouldn’t lose their sleep over surveillance.

Monitors have been installed for scrutinizing politically incorrect sites, gambling and pornography sites. This stringent measure taken by China has led to the imprisonment of many offending citizens. So, whether it’s assessing a politically sensitive site for project work or pornography for a moment of pleasure, the citizens of China have to be very careful of what they are downloading. They can be jailed!

China has a deep-rooted culture and maybe the government officials are too loyal to see it erode. But, the question here is not about eroding culture but dictating the people what to do and what not to do.

Now, the same thing is happening in the US. China has set an example and the US is determined to follow it. Right now, the ban has been laid on online gambling sites. Soon, it’d be on pornography, and then on political expression that the government doesn’t like. Gradually, this might even be followed by anything that the government doesn’t like. Who knows?