One result of our increasing use of the internet to help us manage and enjoy our daily lives is undoubtedly the big increase in the choices the internet has given us. Not only can we access a far wider range of potential sources of the goods and services we are looking for, but we are also likely to get a bigger choice at each of those sites. An online retailer for instance can almost certainly offer a much wider choice of products than their high street competitors because they often do not even hold the stocks themselves but arrange deliveries direct from the manufacturer. Even those internet retailers that do hold stocks can do so in an out of town warehouse which costs significantly less to run per square metre than any high street premises. It is not just in the retail sector that the internet has had such an effect on consumer choice of course, we have also seen a huge increase in choice in many leisure sectors as more suppliers go online and expand their sites. Clearly our primary interest here at onlinecasino.ie is in the online gambling sector, particularly the online casinos, and there is no doubt whatsoever that the introduction of online gambling sites has vastly improved our options across the whole spectrum of online gambling. When the first online gambling sites were set up by the leading bookmakers they all concentrated solely on their existing sports gambling customers, but even here it quickly became apparent that the range of sports and sporting events they could follow was far greater than anything they could get at the local betting shop. What happened next was even more exciting for those of us who enjoy playing casino games. Having successfully launched their online gambling sites some of the bookmakers then decided to try to cash in on their investment by adding some games to their sites, and the first of what we now call online casinos were established. Again it quickly became clear that the idea of playing gambling games online was very popular and as a result the first online casino sites were rapidly expanded by adding more games, and the other bookmakers also started to introduce casino games on their sites. Since then we have watched as some of these first online casinos have continued to add new games so that many of them now offer as many as two hundred different casino games for us to enjoy. Although we have now got into the habit of calling all the games we can now play at our online casinos by the term casino games, the vast majority of these new games are slots games in one form or another. There are also many different numbers games, including bingo, dice games and even games based on the lotteries, all of which we now tend to refer to as online casino games.
There is no doubt that it was the introduction of a huge range of slots games plus games such as bingo which provided the impetus for the success of the online casinos, because there was already a big enthusiastic fan base for these games in pubs, clubs and the bingo halls. There were however also many members of our real casinos who were attracted to the idea of playing their favourite casino games online without having to travel to the casino. These fans of traditional casino games also found that the online casinos provided them with far more choice than their real casinos. In Ireland for instance the only traditional casino games which were available in most of our real casinos were roulette and blackjack, because they simply did not have the space for other games. Some casinos would occasionally organise a poker tournament for their members, but that was usually as far as it went in terms of choice. The online casinos are not so restricted by lack of floor space however, so fans of the traditional casino games can now play a much wider range of casino games, including the likes of baccarat, backgammon and even craps. All of these traditional casino games are available in casinos across the world but were not available in our casinos because they were generally too small. The new availability of some of these games has also helped to dispel some of the myths surrounding casino games such as baccarat. We have all seen films in which baccarat is played for very high stakes by players in formal dinner suits, and the impression is always given that it is difficult and the exclusive preserve of high rollers. Playing baccarat online however proves just how easy it is to play. Yes the actual rules are somewhat complicated, but the dealer is the one who controls the game according to the rules and the player does not need to know them. There are only three possible outcomes for every hand of baccarat, and one of those a tied hand is rarely backed. You simply have to choose between the player’s hand winning or the dealer’s hand, what could be easier. The traditional casino game of backgammon is however somewhat different because it does require a certain amount of skill and experience of how to move the checkers around the board. Nevertheless we can now all have a go at any of our online casinos and it is no longer a game we don’t get a chance to learn.
The other traditional casino game which undoubtedly requires skill and experience to play successfully is of course poker, particularly the Texas Hold’em version of the game. Since the introduction of online casinos the game of poker has increased dramatically in popularity amongst casino games enthusiasts, and there are now extremely successful online poker forums specifically set up to allow poker enthusiasts to play against each other. Serious poker players generally concentrate on the Texas Hold’em format, because this is the version of poker used in almost every poker tournament around the world, but every online casino also has a number of other poker games which can be played against the house for small stakes.