Dramatic Chile Mine Rescue Has Major Impact On Online GamblersOctober 14, 2010 9:09 am
Yesterday’s rescue of the 33 Chilean miners that had been trapped down a mine shaft for 69 days was watched by over a billion people worldwide.
Consequently, many online casino and poker sites reported a drop in their usual number of visitors as players turned to major news networks such as Sky News, CNN, and ABC to keep abreast of breaking news during the dramatic rescue.
One UK online player by the name of Mark Bentle, summed it up succinctly when he commented:
“The internet casino I wager at will always be there and I can access it any time, however a gigantic event like the rescue mission in Chile only takes place once in a life time. It’s only a miracle that those guys have survived so long 660m below the earth’s surface and lived to tell the tail, Praise God!”
At any one time around 25 million gamblers are to be found wagering online at their preferred casinos and poker rooms, but that figure is often dramatically decreased whenever a major news story breaks.
Without a doubt the plight of the 33 trapped Chilean miners had captured the imagination of the public worldwide and they weren’t going to miss their rescue come what may.
Explaining how their gambling habits were affected during the event, online poker player Matt Schwarn and his girlfriend explained:
”Under normal conditions we’ll be playing in an internet poker tourney before going to work, today we’ve decided to put our gambling efforts in the back burner and watch as history unfolded.”
Ironically, however, many of the miners said they played poker during their period of confinement in order to keep their spirits up.
Here at onlinepoker.net we would like to wish all the Chilean miners a speedy recovery after their traumatic ordeal.