Where the Stakes are Higher

Transnational Labor and Digital Gambling Media

Authored by: César Albarrán-Torres

The Routledge Companion to Global Internet Histories

Print publication date:  February  2017
Online publication date:  February  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138812161
eBook ISBN: 9781315748962
Adobe ISBN: 9781317607656


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The rise, fall, and ultimate comeback of online gambling has been an important, yet often unacknowledged, episode of the history of the Internet. Casual players from Western developed countries have gambled online since the Internet became widely available for household use in the mid-1990s (Ridley 1996; Borch 2009). Wagering activities such as online poker, digital roulette, slots, and sports betting soon took hold of online spaces. The Internet allowed for users in different locations to play each other in real time, as well as an unprecedented 24/7 availability of gambling in domestic spaces. Suddenly, consumers did not have to travel to the casino or local gambling venue in order to play.

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