Economists and politicians have debated for years what the benefits of gambling has brought to society as a whole. Scientists have conducted research into the benefits of gaming for more than a decade now. But none have delved into what the personal benefits for online gambling can be… except for winning, of course! No one has done research into how your brain power can develop as a result of gambling online and neither have we (hey, we’re not scientists!). But if you want our opinion, we’d tell you that there’s more to online gambling than just staring at a screen and pressing buttons to make the slot spin round. Just like gambling in real life, it takes far more concentration, effort and intelligence to succeed than just dumb luck.
1. Increases Strategic Skills
This one should be fairly obvious, but playing certain kinds of gambling, particularly table games such as roulette, poker or blackjack, requires a certain amount of strategy in order to play well. You cannot just go all in all the time at the roulette table otherwise you’ll end up with nothing. Placing certain bets on certain numbers takes skill and patience to be able to pull off a win.
It’s all the same when it comes to online gambling and online roulette is no different than real-life roulette. If you foolishly make a large wager which you cannot afford then that proves you have poor strategy. Players who frequently play are more likely to know how the games works far more intimately and will know what bets to make and when. It’s all in the self-discipline.
2. Improves Decision-Making
And naturally, better strategic skills lead to better decision making. As we stated above, if you recklessly put all your money into one bet then you should not be surprised or shocked if you lose it all in one go. The probability that you will get high returns is very, very slim. Good online gamblers are good decision makers. They never outstretch themselves and choose never to go overboard, especially if they know they can’t afford it. If you find yourself making compulsive decisions whilst gambling online then perhaps you’re showing signs of addiction and we advise you to seek help.
3. Learn From Past Mistakes
And, of course, better decision-making leads to fewer mistakes. You’ll soon regret putting that £500 on a single number or wasting your entire deposit bonus on one spin at a slot machine. Of course, there will be times where you don’t make the right decision and that’s okay. What isn’t is repeating that mistake over and over again as it shows that you haven’t learnt from them.
Frequent online gamblers will know from the mistakes they made that things that went wrong for them in the past will come back and bite them in the arse later on if they aren’t careful. This very useful skill can be applied to real-life, too. If you’re faced with a choice that carries more risk than it’s worth then it’s probably not worth going through with it.
4. Keep Brain Active
This is the second most obvious point. Gambling (and mobile gaming in general) keeps your brain active, especially when it takes some thought as you play. Keeping your brain active is far better for you than just sitting around and watching the TV (though, there isn’t anything wrong with that!) Hell, even if you play a slot you have to think about how many paylines you want to use and how much you think it would be sensible to wager. And playing blackjack requires no explanation — deciding to either hit or fold takes quite a bit of know-how and thinking time to get right. Even then it’s a risk.
This may be less grounded in reality but multitasking is potentially a great example of multitasking, depending on what you’re doing. For example, if you’re in a bingo room, you may be chatting with your friends using the chat function. While typing and choosing numbers may not take a great deal of mental gymnastics, it does require a more active brain to be able to juggle multiple tasks at once.
A better example would probably be, again, table games where you have to think of several things at once (less things than real-life, admittedly) which can only be achieved with regular use.