Gambling on the internet has seen a huge revival in recent years. It has become an easy and convenient way to play some of the most popular games such as poker, blackjack, roulette, baccarat, video poker, slot machines, etc. that give you the highest potential to maximize your winnings or minimize your losses, and usually it’s part of every player’s game plan. You can play alone or with other players, participate in tournaments or play for the big jackpot – all from the comfort of your own home!
Online casinos are perfect for you if you:
1. They dislike the noise, distraction and glitzy atmosphere of traditional land-based casinos.
2. Enjoy playing at unusual times without the inconvenience of having to drive to a casino at those unusual times!
3. You are a novice and want to practice your favorite games and become thoroughly familiar with their rules and intricacies before venturing into professional gambling or facing the added distraction of a land based casino.
4. You are a newbie and you want the opportunity to play for free for real money so that you can practice without the risk of losing real money.
Different types of online casinos
The internet is flooded with hundreds of online casinos, most of which look more or less similar at first glance. You can choose a casino once you are aware of the different types of online casinos and what they have to offer. Broadly speaking, online casinos can be divided into two broad groups based on their user interface: web-based casinos and download-based casinos (some online casinos offer more than one user interface):
Web Based Casinos: Web based online casinos are websites where users can play casino games directly without loading any software on the local computer. Games are primarily presented via browser plugins from Macromedia Flash, Macromedia Shockwave or Java and require browser support for the above plugins. In addition, the bandwidth must be sufficient as all images, sounds and animations are loaded via the internet via the plugin. A very small number of web-based casinos allow games to be played through a simple HTML interface.
Download Based Casinos: Download based online casinos are the most common online casino sites. Anyone using these websites must download certain software to play casino games. Once the required software is installed, it connects to the casino service provider and handles contact without browser support. One advantage of download-based casinos is speed, as there is no need to load images from the internet. The downside is that there is an initial download time to install the program. There is also a risk that the program may contain malware (although this is very uncommon).
There are also additional differences, such as the gaming environment and the quality of the interaction, which, while minor, separate one casino from another in terms of the overall experience.
Reviews to consider when choosing an online casino
Being familiar with the basic differences between different casinos and knowing your options is the first step in choosing a casino. Once that is done, you can analyze and shortlist a suitable online casino based on some key parameters and checkpoints listed below:
1. Is the casino licensed? There are many illegal unlicensed gambling casinos that are nothing more than money scam operations.
2. Where is the casino licensed? While licensed online casinos in Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Gibraltar, Kahnawake, Netherlands Antilles, United Kingdom and West Indies are recommended, licensed online casinos in Eastern Europe should be approached with extreme caution .
3. Does the casino offer 24/7 phone, fax, live chat and email support? It may be a good idea to actually call the numbers listed and find out about recording time, policies, etc.
4. Is the online casino officially recognized by various gambling associations and authorities? For example, are the payout percentages of online casinos independently verified by auditors such as PricewaterhouseCoopers?
5. Casino software providers such as iGlobalMedia, Microgaming, Playtech, Random Logic, Real Time Gaming and WaterLogic are very popular and have an excellent reputation in the online gambling industry.