An Overview of Social Gambling
Social gambling has become a popular activity thanks to Facebook, where many casino games can now be played among friends without the need to join an online casino. Though in most cases social media gaming is free to play software company Zynga added a Poker game to Facebook that allowed players of legal age to bet with real money. However, only players in certain countries are able to do this legally.
With 61% of players gambling on Facebook, the site has expanded its gaming section to include many casino games. Players can find slots, poker and blackjack games. Since players can enjoy these games for free, some are surprised to learn that $2.7 billion has been earned by the social gambling industry. This is because roughly 20% of social media gamers will spend real money to get special items within a game.
The reasons that social gamblers cite for engaging in this hobby is that it is the interaction, relaxation, stress relief and mental stimulation. The average age of social gamblers is 39 years old, with 54% of gamblers being men and 46% being women. Of all social media gamblers, 14% of them will play for an average of one hour a day, while they are at work.
Aside from Zynga, other companies that greatly contribute to social gaming include Slotomania, DoubleDown and Big Fish Casinos. Slotomania, as the name implies, was created for those who can’t get enough of slot machines. The social casino has 5.4 million users that access it on a monthly basis. It also has a mobile app that players can download for free. Everyone gets free coins to start using on the games.
Double Down Casino also boasts five million users. Through Facebook or the casino’s mobile app, players can access free slots, bingo, Poker and table games. They also have the option of purchasing virtual currency to spend on items they can use on the games the casino offers.
The Big Fish Casino is also found on Facebook. The casino offers games of roulette, craps, blackjack and slots. When players sign up for the casino they automatically get free bonus chips they can use on the table games. There are always free games to play at Big Fish and games that are played for real money reward jackpots and bonuses.
Last but not least, Zynga has one app devoted entirely to slot machine games. Despite this, the company is best known for its Facebook games such as Farmville, which is not a game of chance but offers players the opportunity to use real money to buy items for the game.
While other social media sites offer gaming options, none do it quite like Facebook does. With so many social gamers on the site, Facebook users never have to worry about growing bored. They can access hundreds of exciting games, whether they enjoy slots, table games or even games of Bingo. This shows how powerful Facebook is when it comes to social gaming.