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Gone were the days when women were a minority in the Las Vegas casinos, when most of them were only accompanying their high roller husbands. Back to the 70's and 80's Las Vegas casinos started to have a huge interest in high rollers - especially whales (the biggest gamblers) who can handle bets of $100,000, $200,000 per hand/throw of the dice/spin of the roulette. Today, we can see a growing number of women in gambling at both Las Vegas and online casinos. Until mid of 1990 Las Vegas casinos was welcoming the high rollers in the McCarran airport with luxurious limos and Dom Perignon bottles until reaching their luxury penthouse suites. The next step was always the same: fill their wives with a shopping spree, jewelry freebies, free shows, VIP tours and everything possible to get the women away from the husbands while he was tossing $50,000 chips per hand on Blackjack, Baccarat or Roulette.

The history started to change by the end of 1990 when most of the women started to stay at the casino while their husbands were betting high limits. Women then discovered the slot machines as a good way of entertainment and keep playing slots while their husbands were on the tables. The high rollers and whales usually go to a private area of the casino to bet high limits. It is called high-limit room or VIP lounges. There is a complete casino inside, with the difference that all games are set to accept high stakes bettings. Alongside the high limit Blackjack, Baccarat, Roulette and Craps tables, there are a lot of slot machines and video poker games. The limits of the games inside a High Limit Room can go as high as you want. You will find slot machines accepting from $50 to $1,000 per spin. The same for Video Poker games.

Women in Gambling

On the tables, the limits were very aggressive allowing players to bet $1,000; $10,000; $100,000, $250,000; or as high as the player want to go. Today these high stakes bettings are also allowed at online casinos and probably a lot of professional gamblers moved online to increase the security and privacy of their gameplay. The comps early awarded only for whales are not available for all high-limit players. On early days, you must be a whale with millions of dollars of cash flow to be eligible to receive a VIP treatment. Today a player with $100,000 is a whale.

Women started to enjoy the thrill of slot machines inside the VIP rooms and what happened is that casino hosts noticed other important players at their casinos. Women in gambling halls were betting $20 or $50 per spin, and with a slot machine, you can play 20 spins per minute. $1,000 per minute and $60,000 per hour on slots. Nothing bad... it couldn't be ignored. This was before the popular slots club cards which can track a slot machine player's action 24/7 and comp them accordingly. So, casino hosts started to pay attention to women in gambling halls and casinos and very soon started to comp free dinners, rooms upgrades, cashback, shows, shopping spree and many more. Just like men, women in gambling now became VIP players and not more the wives waiting for the husbands quit the Blackjack tables.

Women in Gambling

Finally, online casinos started to overrun the internet and the number of women gambling online started to growing very fast. Back in the first online casinos, you must download and install software to play online. Today, all online casinos can be played instantly on mobile, tablet or laptop offering a huge variety of games. Slot machines, live blackjack, live roulette and other real dealers table games streaming from real casinos give you the thrill of an authentic gambling experience. Both men and women started to merge to online casinos to protect their privacy. The number of female gamblers today is huge. Nothing compared with the early days in Las Vegas. Women are gambling on Roulette, Blackjack and Baccarat tables in the highest limits just like men. The gender gap in gambling in lower than ever. Sure, this is also a result of the position of women in society. Most of the female high rollers at casinos are women entrepreneurs, athletes, models, real estate broker, bitcoin investor, and many more. They are doing a great job in their professional lives and are equally getting casino comps for their high stakes gameplay hours.

Today you can be sure that most of high stakes women in gambling are a million-dollar player. Female gamblers are now not only on Slots and Roulette but also on Blackjack, Poker, Video Poker. There are a lot of women gambling on Craps betting $1,000 per roll. They can afford high stakes on simply every game at the casino. On table games, it must be said that women are the best players when it comes to etiquette and rules. Women are now more comfortable with card games and you can find high rollers at casino tables and also with very good results on tournaments.

Women in Gambling
Female gamblers are very present at casino tables today.

At Las Vegas casinos there are a lot of women with higher credit lines. At online casinos, the thing is not different, and I must say even better. With their busy agendas, a lot of women are gambling through their mobile devices at reputable igaming sites. There are a lot of other factors that make women gambling online: the lack of time due to their work schedule, security, privacy, better bonuses, and better comps. Most of the online casinos offer free trips, dinners, and activities with other VIP members. Online casinos also became a good social entertainment. I can say that here at the demographics are showing a beautiful balance of 50% of my readers and players are female gamblers. Very proud of this!

On top of everything, the female gambler behavior is the best possible:

  1. Female casino players don't get drunk at the tables;

  2. Female casino players knows the etiquette while gambling;

  3. They prefer to deal with VIP casino hostesses;

  4. They rarely bargain about deals;

  5. They don't ask for hookers;

  6. They don't like sportsbook;

  7. They prefer to enjoy their luxury stay;

  8. ... and many more.

Women in Gambling
The new generation of female casino players: Blackjack, Roulette and slots

The new generation of women is gambling at Blackjack tables. They are around 25 - 30 y/o and have established successful careers. It is easy to identify this new generation of female gamblers. They walk in at Las Vegas casinos dressed to kill and go straight to the high-limit lounges. These beautiful young ladies are very well dressed, attractive, and betting high stakes at Blackjack tables tossing $100, $500, $1,000 per hand. The casino reality about female gamblers has changed a lot. The old days when Binion's Horseshoe Casino was only looking for men as aggressive high rollers have ended. In the past, players who could afford up to $20 million loss per night was called a whale. Players with $200,000 were merely high rollers. Today, a player with $100,000 became the new whale and there are a lot of women gambling in these limits. The last generation of female gamblers is more likely to bet in front of a slot machine or video poker game. Video Poker still a favorite game that is taking bets from $1 to $25 per hand. There are a lot of women playing video poker at Las Vegas casinos. Last time I visited Vegas I noticed slots and video poker machines crowded. The young female casino players are more into collective games. So it is easy to find these ladies on Craps, Texas Hold'Em, and Roulette. These games are easy to socialize and have fun while playing.

They are now also present at online casinos. You only must check the latest jackpot prizes or latest winners list at reputable casino sites. There are female gamblers playing all kind of games and getting the benefits of VIP clubs. The reality has changed a lot and VIP female gamblers are present not only at Las Vegas casinos but at online casinos. It all started with a casino host observing some women playing high-limit slots, a game that was not important for the casino owners. In those years, they would prefer one Blackjack whale than 300 slot machine players. Everything has changed and women are gambling high stakes just like men and better than that, enjoying the best comps (while men continue thinking that a hooker is a good comp). New times, my readers.

I just read an interesting article about a survey that found that online gambling is most appealing to young women. They surveyed 3,000 women and between 16 to 25% said they would play online Blackjack, online Craps, online Baccarat, online Roulette, and poker.

40% of women play online poker compared to 13% of men. One in 4 people under 30 y/o told they would gamble online and this rate fell to 1 in 10 for people aged 30 to 49.

This result is easy to understand,.. we have seen a growing number of online gambling websites targeting promotions exclusively for women (shopping spree, travels and more...) and also online casinos totally customized for women. Land-based casinos are not different... there are promotions and casino games loved by women. I can mention the video slot SEX AND THE CITY which is always crowded and it's an expensive slot machine game because gamblers playing Sex and the City slot machine can play up to 4 slot games at the same time and you will have to toss $2 per spin. Women are definitely not only rule the world but also online gambling! My respect to all them ;)




Author: Alex Ramos

Alex Ramos

Author Bio: Alex Ramos is a casino specialist that reviews online gambling sites and games. A professional blogger that dedicates its career for online casinos and online entertainment. He is graduated in Computing Science and is working in the online gambling industry since 1997.

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