Malaysia is largely a Muslim country, yet gambling there is popular, especially as it relates to wagering on English Premier League matches. Now, as Euro 2012 Football Championships in Poland and Ukraine are taking place, the online sportsbooks in Malaysia are looking for increased traffic.
The rise of internet betting in Malaysia is mostly due to the younger generation which feels comfortable with computers.
The online betting becomes a problem when teenagers, especially underage ones, begin gambling and this clearly violates the Malaysian gambling laws. Underage gambling, when children as young as fourteen become gambling addicts, is actually a worldwide phenomenon. Yet, the technology could do better with age verifications.
Malaysian teenagers, on top of football betting, like to play online poker as well as make roulette bets. The motivation for risky roulette bets is that teens are looking for quick cash to keep up with their peers when it comes to purchasing such fashion items as iPhones or iPads.
What adds to gambling problems is that mobile casinos in Malaysia are easily accessible via such devices. Even Android systems are friendly to the bettors.
Making a mobile roulette bet on the latest iPhone in front of friends at school makes the young gambler feel as a Las Vegas guru. Movies such as Ocean’s 13 also work on teenagers’ minds. Perhaps, the roles of George Clooney and Brad Pitt corrupted the Malaysian youngsters.