Today we take it for granted that women can come and go in casinos or play in big money tournaments. Indeed, it is something that is just accepted. Yet it was not always the case because gambling was long dominated by men.
During the early days of the English settlers in the 1600s, as gambling became popular, it was mostly limited to men, Even as gambling made its way to the Wstern frontier, the early saloons and taverns catered almost exclusively to males. During the heyday of the riverboats, women usually waited outside while their husbands played card games inside the boats.
Fortunately, as the years went by, the attitude of the United States towards gambling became more tolerable, and the changing views and outlooks made it possible for women to go out and enjoy gambling the way her male counterparts do.
When one visits casinos today one will see that there are as nearly as many females as there are males playing in card tables, roulette or the slot machines. Women now compete -and win- in major money tournaments, including the World Series of Poker. Of course, it should also be noted that a lot of women are employed by casinos, from employees to dealers.
However, there is more to women in gambling than is there with men. Because casinos have transformed into mega resorts, there is also a lot of opportunity for women to go shopping, watch a concert, visit the theme parks, or get a beauty treatment at the parlors, and enjoy the atmosphere with her friends or just by herself.
While playing games in the slots or at the table, women in general look at it as a harmless diversion, rather than something that has to be won at all costs like men often do.
An increasing number of women who gamble are also participating, and playing in online casinos. While land based casinos gives them the chance to experience total entertainment, playing on Internet gambling sites provides them to opportunity to play from the comforts of their own home.
For some women, it is much easier and more fun to gamble at home, and also gives them the chance to play with friends in faraway places or even make new ones. Of course, there are those who prefer to do a little bit of both.
What this points to is the fact that for a lot of women who gamble, the activity is more than about winning or losing money, but more of a means to enjoy oneself and experience something totally different from the ordinary.