In recent months, the UK has seen the closure of a number of casinos and poker rooms, such as Aspers casino in Swansea and the Fox Poker Club in London. With the Gala Casino in Dundee the next to be sold, is the brick and mortar casino in danger of one day becoming as extinct as the Dodo?
So why are these establishments closing down?
It’s all to do with profit. Or more pointedly a lack of one. The recent recession hit the pockets of most of the UK residents, and the regulars at the casinos and card rooms are no different. If you are not earning then you cannot afford to be spending. Gambling is a form of entertainment, and unfortunately for the casino operators, is one of the first expenses to be dropped from the financial excel spreadsheet that every family budget resides on.
But it can’t just be about the money? If everyone was so skint, why is it that the online gambling business is at an all-time high? The only conclusion that can be drawn is that the UK resident just doesn’t like leaving their front door. With all of the wind and the rain who can blame them?
When online shopping was first introduced there was a wave of closures on the high street. Online movies and music outlets were created and Blockbuster and HMV started to feel the pinch. This time it’s the casinos, card rooms and bookmakers that are feeling the pressure. Modern life is a lazy life. Pyjamas are worn for keeps as people just pull out the laptop, tap a few keys and life appears before their very eyes.