The online casino industry is extremely volatile. In the past few years, it has certainly had its ups and downs, mostly due to the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act that was signed into law by the United States in October 2006. Since then, many online casinos, who had focused until then on the Western market, were forced to withdraw from the United States gambling industry and search elsewhere for their customers.
Suddenly, online casinos were looking for ways to attract players from other countries. One way to do this was to make software more multi lingual so that more people could take advantage of the site. The other way was to introduce games that were already popular among global players. Enter: Mahjong!
Mahjong has always been an immensely popular game among Asian players. This pastime blends elements of skill and chance to bring an action-packed game that has players flocking back for more. For 2000 years, mahjong has thrilled the crowds and it was only natural that it would make a natural transition to the online gambling world. As such, more and more sites these days are offering mahjong, even those that don’t target the Asian market directly.
Mahjong has been billed as the new poker of the industry. Skill gaming is the definite future trend of gambling and mahjong leads the way when it comes to a new breed of casino games. As one industry expert put it: “Online casino poker was nascent in 2000, and look at it now. Skill-based online casino Mahjong could soon emulate and possibly even overtake Poker in terms of numbers of players and money wagered.”
For now, the Asian market is still proving slightly difficult to penetrate because of local laws and legislation. But the potential is definitely there. There are nearly 100 million internet users in China alone, many of them who are familiar with mahjong and could be potential gamblers at online casinos should their government allow this type of playing in the near future.
Mahjong is definitely taking off in the global gambling industry – have a go at a game today!