Slot Rooms Empty At Online Casinos Usually when a holiday rolls around, online casino executives are jumping with joy over the possibility that an increase in gambling activity is likely. With Memorial Day arriving, the excitement is not as great as it has been in recent years.
"The recent indictments have placed a damper on expectations for Memorial Day this year," said Gaming Analyst Noah Black. "Couple the indictments with the idea that memorial is traditionally a holiday that US residents spend outdoors, and it is not a recipe for success for online casinos."
Many casinos have stopped accepting US players in the wake of the indictments that saw PokerStars, Full Tilt Poker, and Absolute Poker leave the US market. In addition, several of the biggest payment processors for online casinos have halted operations.
Despite the odds being against a big turnout, casinos are still offering up tournaments and free play bonuses to try and attract players during the holiday weekend. The tournaments have traditionally been a hook that gamblers cannot resist, but this year may be a little different.
"I used to play slot tournaments online all the time, but lately it has been hard to find a casino where I can play and I can trust I will get paid," said one online gambler who wished to remain anonymous. "It's just too risky these days to put my money in an online casino account."
That is the stance that millions of Americans have taken since the indictments last month. While the gamblers are being more cautious, it does not mean they are giving up on playing online.
"The federal government needs to get laws passed so we all can enjoy online casinos," said Oliver Bendere. "If we can play at a casino in our hometown, then we should be able to play online as well."
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