For many years the term casino games would simply be understood as referring to the gambling games we would find in any casino around the world. In Ireland our casinos are relatively small and we were therefore mostly limited to playing the traditional casino games of roulette or blackjack, with the occasional small poker tournament for members. Although most of us had probably heard of other traditional casino games such as craps or baccarat, it was unlikely that we had ever had the opportunity to play them. Nowadays most of us have access to a wide choice of online casinos which between them offer a huge range of games for us to enjoy, including of course all the well-known traditional casino games which are played in casinos all over the world. These traditional casino games are however not the only gambling games we find featured on the online casino sites, there are bingo games, lottery games, dice games and a massive range of slots games, all of which we now tend to include in the term casino games when referring to the games available online. Here at onlinecasino.ie we have always encouraged our readers to try as many as possible of the new games we can now access at our online casinos, which is why we have dedicated a large part of this site to detailing the rules of most of these games. We are however also pleased that almost all the online casino operators now provide us with the chance to play many of these new games free of charge for a period of time so that we can get the hang of them before risking any money. This option is generally referred to as the free online casino option, or the free play option, and is available across a very wide range of casino games. This free online casino feature is particularly useful for some of the traditional casino games we can now play online, because although the rules of these games may be fairly straightforward, there is no substitute for actually playing the game. The traditional casino game of craps for example is not difficult to learn particularly for those of us who are roulette enthusiasts, but it’s god to know exactly what the potential winning combinations are and where to find them on the craps table. On the other hand the game of backgammon is more difficult because success depends not only on the luck of the throw of the dice, you also need to make the right decisions when moving the checkers around the board. For another reason entirely the free online casino feature has also been useful when applied to the traditional casino games of baccarat. This is a casino game which has been the subject of a number of myths over the years, the most obvious of which is the opinion of many people that baccarat is an extremely complicated game played only by high rollers. Part of the reason for this is that baccarat is often played in rooms away from the main floors of the casinos on the continent, leading to a degree of secrecy and mystique, and this has been backed up by baccarat also being featured in popular James Bond films. The reality is that although the rules of the game are somewhat complicated, you do not actually need to know the rules to play baccarat at on online casino. The whole game is controlled by the dealer and all we have to do is predict which of just two hands will win each hand. In baccarat there are only two hands dealt, one is the dealer’s hand and the other is the player’s hand. We simple bet on which one of those two will win. Occasionally there may be a tie, but that outcome is rare and hardly ever backed by experienced players.
So far we have only considered the effect of the free online casino option on our enjoyment of the more traditional casino games, but the vast majority of the casino games we can now play at all the online casinos are slots games in various forms. Clearly slots games are probably the easiest gambling games to play, but such is the complexity of some of the modern slots games and the multitude of choices the player often has to make, the opportunity to play a few spins in free play mode can be as important for the slots as it is for the traditional casino games. There is another reason why we here at onlinecasino.ie welcome the free online casino option, and that is because it is also a useful tool when trying to decide which of the increasing number of online casinos offers us the range of casino games we want to play. When online casinos first became available they were all operated by the big bookmakers as part of their large online sports gambling sites, and although some of those operators did employ different casino software suppliers the emergence of a dominant software company, ie Playtech did have the effect of making some of those first online casino sites look very similar with similar if not identical games. Over the last two or three years however we have seen a number of smaller specialised online casino sites come on stream, and these new sites have vastly improved the choice of casino games we can now play, and of course have also given us a wider choice of online casinos to choose from. The free online casino feature allows us to try some of the games at many of these online casinos without even needing to register in some cases. In fact three of the newer online casinos, CasinoCasino, Casinoland and Instacasino all set the free play option as the default setting on all their games when you log onto their sites. They are of course working on the principle that part of the reason we enjoy playing casino games is that we enjoy gambling, and will therefore quickly decide to play for real money.