Now that online gambling has become an established leisure activity in Ireland and of course almost everywhere else in Europe, it is perhaps time to examine why the online gambling sites have become so popular. The most obvious answer is of course the convenience of being able to enjoy gambling without the need to visit a betting shop or indeed a casino or bingo club, but here at onlinecasino.ie we believe convenience is clearly not the only factor that has led to the increase we have seen in the number of people enjoying gambling as a leisure activity. The online gambling sites all have another huge advantage over any of their rival gambling businesses operating from premises in our town centres, and that is the enormous number of options they are able to provide. Even the online sports gambling sites offer a much wider range of sports and sporting events than was ever possible through a high street betting shop, but the biggest difference is to be found on the online casino sites. The first online casinos were of course created as part of the sports gambling sites operated by our leading bookmakers, but now there are also an increasing number of smaller specialist online casinos for us to enjoy. All of these online casinos offer a very wide range of different casino games, and some now feature well over two hundred games for their customers to choose from. Nowadays of course the term online casino games covers a much broader range of games than it used to, but the traditional casino games such as roulette and blackjack that many of us started to play in a real casino are still featured on almost every online casino site, including several slight different versions on many of those sites. The online casinos are also able to offer many of the other traditional casino games which our own real casinos simply did not have the floor space to provide. Popular traditional casino games such as baccarat, backgammon and even craps are all now readily available for us to play at most of the online casinos, and have therefore become popular in Ireland as a result. Most real casinos on the continent of Europe have always featured the casino game of baccarat for instance, although for some reason it is often played in a side room away from the main floor. Irish casino games fans however, along with most British casino enthusiasts as well have unfortunately had very little opportunity to play baccarat, which is one reason why the game has established a reputation for being very complicated and seemingly the preserve of a small number of high rollers. Now that we can play baccarat online however, that reputation is clearly a myth. The rules of baccarat are a little complicated, but you don’t need to know the rules to play baccarat online because the whole game is controlled by the dealer. All you need to do is bet on which of just two hands will win. A tie is possible though rare, so gambling on baccarat is not much different to calling the toss of a coin. Craps is of course one of the favourite casino games played in American casinos, but it is not difficult to play and is very similar in many respects to the game of roulette, except that the winning numbers are defined by the roll of the dice rather than a roulette wheel. Backgammon is also a traditional casino game played with two dice, but there is a significant amount of skill required in deciding how best to move the checkers around the board. This is one of the few casino games where experience as well as luck will decide the winner. The other casino game which fits into that category is of course the game of poker.
Every online casino offers a wide range of different poker formats which can all be played against the house for fixed odds, but the game of poker has become so popular since the introduction of online casino gambling that there are now several specialist poker platforms which enable serious poker enthusiasts to play against each other all over the world. Nowadays there is generally only one version of poker played by the serious poker fans, and that is the Texas Hold’em format of the game. Texas Hold’em poker involves the use of five community cards dealt one at a time face up into the middle of the table, and these cards are then available to every player to combine with their two individual blind hole cards to form their best five card poker hand for the showdown. The first betting round is held after each player has been dealt their two hole cards, and there is then a further betting round after each community card has been dealt. It is these multiple betting rounds that has made Texas Hold’em the game of choice for most serious poker players both online and in the major tournaments. Other versions of poker which can be found on most online casinos include 5-card draw poker and several versions of stud poker, one of which is Caribbean Stud poker. This is a very popular version of online poker because there is no bluffing and no escalating stakes through multiple betting rounds. The game is played against the dealer in the same way as blackjack, and the players therefore has total control over how much they want to wager on each hand.
Before we go on to consider the enormous number of slots and video slots featured on all the online casino sites, we should also mention one of the most popular gambling games we can now play online, the game of bingo. Once again there are now specialist online bingo sites operating twenty four hour a day for the real enthusiasts, and also a whole range of similar numbers games available on most of the online casinos we recommend. When it comes to the slots games there are just too many different games to even contemplate picking out favourites, all we can say is give them a go.