What are online casinos and why people choose to play casino games online?
What Exactly is an Online Casino?
In the simplest terms, an online casino is a website that allows it’s visitors to
play games that are the same types of gambling games that one would experience in
a land-based casino. These online casinos are sometimes called internet casinos,
virtual casinos, or flash casinos.
Most online casinos will include the table games, such as,
- Sic bo
and highlight the colorful, spinning wheels of the slot machines, which have become
the favorite of most regular customers due to their jackpot payouts!
Many of the online casinos claim higher odds and payback percentages than the land-based
casinos due to their lower operating expenses. This is especially true for the slot machines.
A few quality online casinos that offer all or most of these games are:
- Mr Green
- William Hill
- Lucky Nugget
Basically, there are two types of online casino.
- Web-based where a player uses a web browser to visit
the site and start gambling.
- Download-only type of casino where the player must first download software that is specific to a certain online casino. That software will connect to the real online casino for gambling action.
These two basic types of online casinos can be divided into smaller types and will be covered in another article.
A brief History of Online Casinos:
A lot of people probably think that online casino gambling started in the USA since that is where
the internet started, however, that is not the case. Online gambling, in general, started on an
island nation of which most gamblers have never heard. The island nation of Antigua and Barbuda which is
loacated where the Atlantic ocean and the Caribbean meet just a little south east of Puerto
Rico. Antigua and Barbuda passed a law in 1994 called the Free Trade & Processing act which allowed licenses
for companies that desired to provide gambling services on the internet.
Almost in a heartbeat, the land-based casinos already having a casino located in Antigua and Barbuda
applied for a license and other casinos around the world saw the opportunity and quickly opened offices in
Antigua and Barbuda in order to take advantabe of the online licensing.
Soon after the Antigua and Barbuda law, other countries around the world passed similar laws allowing
the land-based casinos within their borders to operate a virtual casino online in order to increase
the country’s tax revenues instead of having those taxes go to an off-shore country. Interestingly, at
about the same time, a company called Microgaming is said to have created the first fully functioning
Online Casinos vs Land-Based Casinos:
Some people prefer the land-based casinos, most probably because of the bright, colorful
neon signs up and down the street. Also just walking into a casino can be exciting because
of the attractive interior design.
However, there are many very compelling reasons to choose the internet casino over the
brick-and-mortar casino. Here are just a few:
- Cost Land-Based: People spend varying amounts inside a casino, but it’s not uncommon to drop a few
hundred dollars just on gambling. Then there’s the meals in the expensive restaurants,
and if you want to see a show, that could be a few hundred dollars more.
- Cost Internet: First off, there’s no travel involved so you save money right there. The amount
that people spend with online gambling is often less than inside a real casino because they are
still connected to the reality of their own home. They are more likely to remain sensible.
- Convenience: There is little to no convenience with a land-based casino. It’s a trip and
a night, (or a week), on the town. On the other hand, nothing could be more convenient than
just sitting at your computer desk or on the couch with your laptop and placing some bets. You
have your TV there, your refrigerator close by, and you can play any music that you like.
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