Keeping Track of Time at Online CasinosBy: Ryan Alders, Monday March 9th 2009
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It is essential that online players keep track of the time while they are playing at online casinos. Wagering at online casinos can get so engrossing that players are likely to forget when they are due for other activities that may include leaving for work or picking up the children from school. There is another more important reason for keeping track of the time. Online gambling needs to be practiced in a responsible manner. Players need to adhere to decided time limits. Exceeding these time limits is the first step towards falling in the quagmire of problem gambling. Therefore the player must always be aware of the time.
All computers display a built in clock. However in order to be able to see the clock the player has to play in the windowed mode. If the player plays in the full screen mode then the Windows task bar that contains the computer clock is no longer visible. Most players like to play in the full screen mode because the resolution is sharper and the graphics are bigger. Therefore every time the player wants to see the clock he has to minimize the casino software, see the time and then maximize the display again. This is very inconvenient and eventually players tend to neglect keeping track of time.
The top tier gaming jurisdictions have realized that this is a problem. Since they issue licenses to operators permitting them to carry out gambling operations they see it as their responsibility to ensure that all possible steps are taken to prevent problem gambling. Therefore one of the conditions imposed in the licenses is that the online gaming software provider will incorporate a clock in the casino software. In this way the players will always be able to see the clock and can easily keep track of the time they are spending at the online casino.
Microgaming is one of the online software providers that have incorporated a clock in the casino software. As soon as the player enters the online casino lobby he can see the clock in the top bar in the right hand corner. A screenshot of the casino lobby showing the clock is displayed below.
Even when the player is playing any of the games the position of the clock remains the same, which is the top right hand corner. No matter where the player navigates through the casino, whether it is the banking section or help section or promotions section, the position of the clock will remain unchanged. One important feature of the clock in Microgaming casinos is that the time is taken from the computer clock. Therefore the player follows the same time that he has set on his computer clock.
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