About 15 years ago, Myanmar's gaming industry was in its embryonic stage. Things were so crude that gamers had to deal with LAN routers, creating servers and shaky power supply. But that did not suppress the quest for gaming. Now, over 70% of the population can access the internet via mobile devices.
Mobile casinos, though, didn't really take off until cheap smartphones hit the country's market. People marveled at the idea of having "pocket casinos" and the little fact that mobile gaming personalized the entire casino experience. There's also massive innovation in the country's mobile gaming space from both local and international game developers.
Myanmar recently legalized gambling. But residents cannot play just yet. The new law allows casinos to work as a service industry for tourists. Locals can own casinos, work for them, but they get a five-year sentence for throwing the dice. This was a result of seeing the positive impact of the industry elsewhere.
The country allows both on and offline gambling, but they seem to give more emphasis to brick and motor casinos. And it's easy to see why. Regulating physical casinos is easier than keeping tabs on online gaming. That has left a nice, big loophole for Myanmar residents to enjoy their favorite casino games.
Myanmar has always had illegal gambling dens. Some of them have risen to the occasion by whitelisting their businesses. But a good number of operators have remained in the trenches. Most illegal casinos are looking to lower operating costs to accommodate low-income gamers.
However, playing in illegal casinos comes with a lot of risks. Chances are, operators in this space might be using biased betting systems and may even slap winners with surprise costs when withdrawing. Not to mention that any resident caught gambling in an illegal casino can get more than the standard five –year sentence.
Everybody ends up playing with real money at some point. And when it happens, bettors need a plan to avoid the vicious debt cycle. Having a budget is the secret to responsible gambling. It is the only way to keep the rent safe and have a blast at the same time.
It is also important to know when to walk away. Players tend to extend their budgets, just because they won – which is a terrible idea. The best thing to do in that situation is to take the pot and run. Also, be sure to play with a sober mind.
Apart from having beautiful casinos and vibrant gambling culture, Myanmar is also known for its numerous tourist attractions. It is home to Began, a religious site that sits on a 26 mile plain. Part of it has stands of palm and tamarind caught in the lazy-flowing Irrawaddy River.
There is also a holy rock that seems to defy gravity in all its entirety. This gold-leaf plated boulder sits on Mount Kyaiktiyo's side and looks like it would fall over with a slight push. Thousands of Burmese pilgrims visit this spectacular site all-year-round to seek divine intervention. But, only men are allowed to touch it.