Millions of online poker players have become addicted to the $6 billion online casino game, but some people are finding it hard to get rid of the addiction.
The Wall Street Journal reports that poker is a $5 billion industry, and gambling sites are inundated with new players each day.
The WSJ reports that the industry’s revenues reached $5.5 billion in 2013, up from $2.8 billion in 2008.
The average American gambles on online poker sites for about $1,500, while the average player spends around $600.
But some people, like Jason Tippett, a 27-year-old from Kansas City, Missouri, have found that the game is too addictive for them to continue playing.
“I’ve been a poker player for the past six years,” Tippetts told the WSJ.
“It’s just so addictive.
It’s just such a big part of my life.”
He has been hooked on the game for more than a year.
“A lot of people, they just say they don’t want to get addicted,” Tittes told the Journal.
“But the truth is, I don’t know that I do.”
Tippets game has helped him pay off $30,000 in student loans.
“You’ve got to pay off your student loans,” Titz said.
“We’re getting paid off student loans by the hour.”
The WSJD report notes that the amount of people who have quit playing the online casino games have tripled since 2012.
The number of people gambling on online casinos has tripled since 2010.
According to the WSJD, the number of casino-related deaths in the U.S. in 2015 exceeded 7,300.
And the WSNJ reports that online poker companies are working to reduce the addiction by giving people a choice between playing online poker or paying real money to play in real casinos.
But Tipps game is not the only one causing him problems.
“Poker addicts, like other drug users, need to be on the right side of the law,” said John F. Smith, the president of the National Association of Boards of Regulators, in a statement.
“There are many other legitimate forms of gambling, including real money, online games, and other forms of gaming where people can lose and win, but gambling on an online poker site or other online gambling site, in my view, is no different than other forms.
This is not a legitimate form of gambling.”
Smith added that online gambling “is a game that’s been around for years and years and is just getting crazier and crazier.”
Smith told the newspaper that he would be surprised if gambling sites were willing to put more restrictions on online gambling than they are on real money.
“If you’ve got a system where people are being paid for playing, you’re going to have a problem,” he said.
“[Online gambling] is something that’s got to be regulated in the states.”