In the same way that the retail sector has had to adapt to the inevitable move towards internet shopping, so the gambling industry must do the same. In many ways the major bookmakers were ahead of the game when they first introduced the option to place bets online rather than through a betting shop, but the move towards online gambling also created an entirely new opportunity for the bookmakers to enter a gambling sector where they previously had no presence. We are of course talking about what we now refer to as the online casino sector of the gambling industry. The first internet gambling sites were all established by the big bookmakers and therefore aimed at their existing customer base who were primarily interested in sports gambling. Having decided to invest in the technology and software necessary to operate an online gambling site, the bookmakers were soon looking for ways to increase the returns on that investment and the answer they came up with was to add a few casino games to their sports gambling sites. That decision began what we now know as online casino gambling and it immediately became obvious that there was also a whole new audience and customer base for the bookmakers who operated those sites. The traditional casino games such as roulette and blackjack clearly attracted those of us who were already enjoying playing those two particular casino games at a real casino, but thee online casinos could offer us even more. Most of our real casinos here in Ireland did not have the floor space necessary to offer their customers the opportunity to play any of the other traditional casino games often available in the bigger casinos on the continent or in America, but the online casinos had no such limitations. That meant that we could suddenly access many other casino games such as baccarat, backgammon and even craps, none of which were generally available in Irish casinos. It is no wonder that the online casinos became so popular among the existing fans of playing casino games. This lack of space restrictions also led to more and more games being added to the online casino sites including a whole new range of numbers games designed to appeal to another existing group of potential customers, namely the huge number of bingo fans. Many of the bingo clubs had suffered over recent years, with the smoking ban in particular blamed for the fall in the number of people regularly going to their local bingo club. When bingo and other similar games became available online however those long standing bingo fans who may have stopped going to a bingo club were suddenly able to enjoy their favourite game without the hassle of traveling and they could even play for much smaller stakes. That brings us to another of the huge advantages that online casinos have over any of their land based rivals, the ability to allow their customers to play casino games for much lower stakes because of their considerably lower operating costs.
This opportunity to play casino games for very low stakes proved to be a very attractive proposition for many people who had never previously even considered playing casino games at a real casino, or even playing bingo at a bingo club, but the online casinos are able to offer even more. The vast majority of the casino games featured on almost every online casino site are slots games in various guises, and how many people have not enjoyed playing a slot machine at some time in their lives. Slot machines have been part of our lives for over a hundred years, and they are still regular attractions at many of our seaside towns and even in our major cities. The huge casinos in America also have a huge selection of slot machines but even they cannot compete with the number of different slots games available on most online casino sites. The most obvious reason why the slots games are among the most popular of all the casino games featured at our online casinos is that they require no particular skill or experience to play and in most cases they are very quick with almost instant results. Some of the modern slots games offered by the online casinos do require in-play decisions where previous experience may be of benefit, but none of them require the sort of knowledge of the rules which internet sites such as onlinecasino.ie feel it is necessary to publish to help their readers play the games. Most people need no help whatsoever to play the slots games featured at the online casinos, and even if they are not quite sure most of these casino games can also be played in the free spins mode at least for a period of time.
Most online casinos offer a huge range of different types of casino games, most of which require no knowledge or experience, but there are also some online casino games which appeal because they are not that easy to play. An obvious example of a casino games which benefits from experience is the game of backgammon, which although there is still an element of luck in the throw of the dice a player must then move the checkers in a way which makes the best use of the moves available. It is generally recognised that backgammon is a casino game in which experience usually counts in the long run. The same applies to one of the other casino games which has benefitted from the introduction of online casinos, the game of poker. Every online casino offers a range of different versions of poker which can all be played for fixed odds against the house, but there are also some specialised poker platforms which allow serious poker players to play against each other. That is where skill and experience invariably counts in the long run and where playing casino games online takes on a whole new meaning and may even become a profession.