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9 May 2012 - 4:05pm

Would You Mix Social Networking With Your Gambling?

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Social networking is becoming more ingrained in all of our lives. We see Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and more. But as I have gone around and learned more about internet gambling, I have seen more and more stories about social networking being integrated into it.

From social roulette games to live dealer chats, there doesn't seem to be a shortage of ideas out there. Today I read a news story here about PokerStars placing a social tool that will allow for players to share their hand videos with others through social networks. (Story is here: http://www.casinolistings.com/news/2012/05/pokerstars-launches-boom-soci... )

What do you guys think of this? Is bringing the social aspect of the internet good to our online gambling? If so, what ideas would you want to see implemented?

I always like to hear what you guys have to say. Let the debate begin!

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25 May 2012 - 5:25am
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'Slim, this is a great topic, and I am sorry I ignored it for so long.

I guess it was just a matter of time before social networking and gambling online would come together. I have no problem with it at all, with one disclaimer. As long as it remains my CHOICE at how involved I want to become in that aspect, then go for it!

As someone who is NOT a Facebook user at this time, I resent the fact that there are now so many contests where the ONLY chance to enter is through Facebook. I believe we should be allowed options or another way to enter certain contests and even to vote on some contests. Same goes for sending for free samples.

I don't do either of above to a great degree, but I have clicked on a link numerous times now, only be told that I must be a member of FB to enter.

So, bottom line for me is that I think it is great to integrate social networking into online gambling. It might be fun to share hands and I do partake in chat now and then. I haven't participated in any of the live dealer games yet, either, but it sounds fun. As long as it remains a choice, why not?

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25 May 2012 - 4:18pm
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But isn't it just another way for the casinos to distract the player from the game? Love to hear how they think you can be social and still focus on winning money all at the same time lol... , especially if your new online gambling buddy turns out to be a casino chick.... ok maybe that idea a bit far fetched.......

...or judging by the antics of some of the rogue casinos on the 'avoid like the plague' list in here, is it. such a far fetched idea that this could happen......?!?!I don't know Smile :) Smile :)

For me its like drinking and driving. The two don't mix (if you gamble to make $$$$$)

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26 May 2012 - 8:02pm
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But isn't it just another way for the casinos to distract the player from the game? Love to hear how they think you can be social and still focus on winning money all at the same time lol... , especially if your new online gambling buddy turns out to be a casino chick.... ok maybe that idea a bit far fetched.......

...or judging by the antics of some of the rogue casinos on the 'avoid like the plague' list in here, is it. such a far fetched idea that this could happen......?!?!I don't know Smile :) Smile :)

For me its like drinking and driving. The two don't mix (if you gamble to make $$$$$)

Great point, YB! So, for you it is all about the concentration, right? Smile

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27 May 2012 - 4:45pm
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Yes, the fun of the game is to beat it but to beat it takes focus - I think therefore that casino groups (presumably experts in the whole art/skill of gaming) who know this very well should shy away from using in their marketing anything that makes it easier for the them to take more $$$ off the average punter by distracting them...... casinos already have the house edge/glitzy lights/speed of play (to their advantage) etc etc etc ... so as I have said before Hope springs eternal when trying to win anyhow haha.... thus I don't agree that other tricks to blur concentration should be used in casino marketing...

Just a thought Smile

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28 May 2012 - 1:16am
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And a point/thought well taken, YB! Smile

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28 May 2012 - 1:16am
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One more thing: let's leave it as a choice, so the rest of the players will be distracted while we remain "on our game," lol. Wink

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28 May 2012 - 6:36am
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I would imagine this is a difficult question for many people because like it or not, a lot of people are judgemental and attach a stigma to gambling. So people aren't always so keen to tell all their friends and family every time they have a punt.

I guess its nice to have the choice to share a hand you played or a spin you made if you want. But don't be distracted from what it is - clever marketing aimed at promoting wherever you are playing to your friends.

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29 May 2012 - 5:39pm
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Excellent points Yellowboots, and Ed. I think it is important to remember that there is a reason for everything that a casino does.

Remember, they aren't just doing it because they are nice. They are here to take our money, and they are very clever at finding ways to do it.

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"They are here to take our money, and they are very clever at finding ways to do it."

Big thumbs up Slim.

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For me, I think social media integration is okay. It raises awareness and acceptance towards online casinos and you can keep in touch with your fellow players as you wish. It's quite a great innovation for me, really.

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For me, I think social media integration is okay. It raises awareness and acceptance towards online casinos and you can keep in touch with your fellow players as you wish. It's quite a great innovation for me, really.

Yes, my friend, you are right. Social media integration with online casino is one of the best way to increase players in our site and they can follow them.

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For me its like drinking and driving. The two don't mix (if you gamble to make $$$$$)

Yes, It's true ... !!

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CL Ed says it all above and beyond.. Thumb Up I totally agree!

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23 June 2012 - 7:31pm
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Great thread, 'Slim, and awesome, varied, and individual opinions on social networking mixed with gambling. Our uniqueness is what makes the world go 'round! Smile

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