Casinos have been around for more than a century and brick-and-mortar casinos still continue today despite the growth in popularity of online casinos.
Like land-based casinos, playing on casino websites still allows you to play all of your popular games – live blackjack, poker, roulette etc. and much more. In fact, online casinos offer much more than the traditional.
Online casinos are accessible anywhere in the world provided you have an internet connection whereas land-based casinos can often be located in disparate locations.
Traditional casinos have a higher cost of running compared to online. This allows online casinos to offer high sign-up offers and bonuses to attract and keep their players.
The lesser overhead costs allow for online casinos to be run cheaper. No tables need to be purchased and often less staff need to be employed to maintain the upkeep of the online casino.
Online poker dates back to the late 1990s and continues to grow to this day with more and more players joining casinos each day. This increased popularity has also seen a growth in the number of online casinos to choose from. It’s not uncommon that a player will sign up to a number of different sites.
One obvious difference playing online instead of in person is that you are not sitting across to the dealer and/or other players, such as you would if you were playing poker or roulette. Many see this as a disadvantage; not being able to read others’ body language and reactions.
Another factor is the rate of play. Online casinos don’t have to worry about collecting the cards or shuffling, therefore making it quicker to play. By contrast, there are several delays when playing the traditional way.
It has been questioned in the past whether operators are engaging in fraud. Forums are often rife with allegations of non-random card dealing in poker for example and even claims of bots playing against human players. However, online casinos are regulated and there have been a number of occasions where companies have been shut down for breaking laws. These regulations help players to feel safe when playing online.
Whether you prefer to play at a brick-and-mortar casino or online, the most important thing is to enjoy it!