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Dumb website: Online gambling increasing in Greece

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Online gambling is becoming more popular in Greece, or so says an online gambling website, onlinegamblingpal.com. According to the source, you can tell that online gambling is becoming more popular there due to the large number of Greeks who are reporting winning money at online casinos right now.

Okay, or I guess that could be a coincidence. It gets worse, though. Here is an actual quote from the website: “The southeastern country is currently facing major financial problems, which could be solved by playing at online casinos.”

Really? So Greece is in the middle of a financial meltdown due to irresponsible spending and the solution is to gamble? That seems a little odd. Unemployment in Greece is ridiculous, though that is partly because so many people there would rather not work and simply make money off of government assistance programs. Recent austerity measures imposed by the EU, however, have led to rioting in the streets by communists, unions and other radicals. And while those people are burning cars, throwing rocks at police and marching on government lawns, your friends at onlinegamblingpal.com want you to think that the solution, if you’re Greek, is to take all of your money and spend it at an online casino in the hopes of doubling your cash or better.

It doesn’t take a genius to know that’s a bad strategy. In fact, it is the exact opposite of what I propose almost every day on this website: Never spend money that you can’t afford to lose. If you are hurting for money and need a quick buck, the casino is not an answer, because it is more likely to take your money than give you some.

Of course I support online gambling and I think it can be a very enjoyable activity if done responsibly. The key is the word “responsibly.” There are some websites out there – and onlinegamblingpal.com seems to be one of them – who don’t care about that and just want to encourage you to spend, spend spend. I’m not like them. If you don’t have enough money right now then go to your favorite online casino and play the free games. You can play the same games for free using fake money. Just keep your credit card in your wallet and enjoy the fun games. Hopefully soon you’ll be in a better financial situation and can go back to playing real-money games.

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